A STRUGGLING pub has been given a "last chance" with the appointment of new management.

The Sirloin in Friday Hill, Chingford, was reopened this weekend after being closed for five weeks amid rumours it had been running with weekly losses of £1,000.

But Pete Wells and Sue Mustow, both 53, plan to change the pub's image by creating a family-friendly atmosphere.

And if this proves a success, they plan to invest in a new kitchen to prepare quality food. Mr Wells said: "It’s the pub’s last chance.

"We’ve had a lot of people knocking on the door and showing interest. We hope they’ll all come in for a drink."

People living nearby welcomed the new ownership, claiming there had been regular anti-social behaviour associated with the pub.

Rick Taylor, 54, of Hoppett Road, said: "We’ve seen so many fights here over the years and it’s put a lot of people off going in.

"It’s usually the younger football crowds and older people don’t want to go."

Mrs Mustow, who has 30 years’ experience running a bar, said: "I want it to be a pub with something for everyone.

"A place you can feel comfortable in meeting your friends, and hopefully no trouble."

Meanwhile The Artisan sports bar in New Road has closed

Enterprise Inns said it has terminated the lease on behalf of the freeholder.

The Bull On the Green in The Green, Chingford, is to be turned into a Prezzo restaurant.