A POPULAR landlord has returned full-time to a Powys pub he totally transformed during his first stint.

Luke Dewinton is back behind the bar at much-loved Builth Wells boozer The Lamb – with his return being labelled as ‘The Lamb 2.0’.

A post that appeared on The Lamb’s Facebook page on January 31 read: “Okay we’re back, and bearing good news.

“The Lamb is back in the trusty hands of Luke and Co; we’re looking forward to seeing you all again over the next fortnight, and will share more details soon.

“We’ve also secured a refurb, but that does mean we will have to close for a couple of weeks."


The post added: “If you are a local charity, or have a cause you want to support, get in touch and we’ll line you up for a quiz or fundraiser.

“We will also be looking for some new staff as some of our original team have flown the nest (although they’ll be roped in over the holidays)."

The Lamb had failed to reopen after the Covid pandemic and had been closed for large periods in the years beforehand.

But Luke injected new life into the pub and his decision to step away last summer was met with disappointment.

The Lamb’s hit attraction had been the weekly ‘Open the Box’ competition, held on Friday nights, which saw punters pack into the pub.

Customers buy raffle tickets along with their gin or Guinness for a chance to win. A draw is then held where one ticket is pulled out and the winner gets the chance to delve into a bag of keys, searching for the one that will open the box and reveal a fortune.

Each week a key disappears and the jackpot builds, with one customer winning a phenomenal £9,999 back in April last year.

The Broad Street boozer is open until Monday (February 12) but will then shut for a few weeks while the facelift takes place.