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Could Andover pub ‘The Lamb’ return?

Lamb Inn Andover

Following the acquisition of Be Wiser announced this week, ‘The Lamb Inn’ has been put back on the market.

The pub near the insurance company’s HQ is off Winchester Road and according to the Happy Pint website, ‘The pub was a leader in the real ale scene’ after brewers Wadworth bought it in the mid 1950s.

They claim it became Wadworth’s first pub in the Andover.

In 2014 the venue was closed and subsequently turned into the ‘Owl’s Nest’, an off-site canteen for fated insurance company Be Wiser. The venue was turned from a pub into a social location for staff of the Andover-based insurance company.

Members of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) frequently listed the pub in its ‘Good Beer Guide‘.

Happy Pint says, “Wadworths, after 60 years ownership, caused much anguish when they closed and sold the pub in 2014. After some questionable management it became the staff canteen for BeWiser, the insurance company, and was called The Owl’s Nest.

“In recent times it became open to the public as a coffee shop and café. BeWiser have recently been taken over and are being restructured.

The premises are now being marketed with Perry Hill Chartered Surveyors from Guildford.

About the author

David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.