Lamb Inn, Romford Market, reopens under temporary management following squatters’ convictions

Romford Market’s historic Lamb Inn has reopened under temporary management after spending nearly four months out of action.

The pub closed at the end of August after its management handed back the keys to pub company Spirit.

Days later, Mate Gyori, 22, and Thomas Bateman, 19, both of no fixed abode, were arrested for squatting in the listed building. The arrests were believed to be the borough’s first under the new anti-squatting law. Romford magistrates found both men guilty last month.

In a statement, a Spirit spokesman said: “We are pleased to confirm the Lamb Inn has re-opened under new management. Over the coming weeks the pub will offer a wider range of real ales and food will be on the menu before Christmas.

“The plan is to put it back on the map by creating a proper traditional pub.”

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She added a permanent licensee had yet to be recruited.

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