A year after the plans were announced, an historic York pub has completed its rebrand.
We reported last March that the Lamb & Lion Inn on High Petergate had been taken over by the the HRH Hotel Group, which also owns the Guy Fawkes Inn on the same street, and Marmadukes Hotel on St Peter’s Grove.
It was then announced that the Lamb would become The Fat Badger, just like another HRH pub in Harrogate.
The group completed some of the internal refurbishment last autumn. Now they have completed the external work, including the renaming and rebranding of the venue.
An HRH spokesperson said:
We have brought the Fat Badger following its success in Harrogate and we are excited about bringing the cheeky personality of the Badger to the former Lamb and Lion.
We also have a new head chef who will be launching a brand new Fat Badger menu in the next few weeks, bringing the success of the Harrogate menu and blending it with the favourites of the former Lamb – we can share this with you when we do.
The venue comprises two Grade II listed buildings – No. 2 and 2A, which was a house and shop dating back to 1840; and No. 4, a house built in 1782, that was the Bootham Bar Hotel for many years.
Part of the stonework and its beer garden – one of the best in York – are built into the city walls.
And the pub comes with 12 bedrooms, “each with their own individual style and all full of Badger charm” according to the website.