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13/02/2008

The Crown re-opens in the heart of Liverpool

Mitchells & Butlers has re-opened its landmark Liverpool city centre pub, The Crown on Lime Street, preserving its rich heritage for customers to enjoy for many years to come.

It is known that there has been a pub on the site of The Crown since 1850s, with the present pub building dating back to 1905. It is regarded locally as one of Liverpool's original gin palaces, making it a prominent local landmark to this day.

Over the past three months, the pub's Grade II Star listed building has been hidden behind scaffolding so that structural and cosmetic work could be undertaken. This included re-slating parts of the roof, repairs to the masonry, repainting the exterior of the building and intricate gilding to The Crown's striking lettering. In addition, new external lighting has been installed on the first floor of the building meaning the pub's exterior will be drenched in light - a welcoming sight for commuters and visitors to the city arriving at the nearby Lime Street train station.

The Crown has also undergone extensive internal renovation to provide a comforting, traditional pub environment for customers, from regulars to new guests alike. New carpets and furniture are in place, interior walls have been repainted, lighting has been increased throughout and the ladies and gents' toilets have been totally renovated. The bar area has also been transformed with a polished oak floor and detailed gilding on the ceiling, for which the pub is famous for.

Stewart Hemus, manager of The Crown said: "I've been running the pub for just under nine years and I'm delighted that such a historic pub, right in the heart of Liverpool, has been so beautifully restored and preserved for many years to come.

"So much hard work has gone into refurbishing and renovating the pub and the results are fantastic. It is a fitting tribute to everyone involved that a pub that is part of the fabric of the city has been restored whilst we all celebrate Liverpool's place as the Capital of Culture.

"Now that the transformation is complete, all the team are looking forward to welcoming the first customers through the doors to see what they think of the work. I've no doubts that everyone will feel right at home immediately."

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