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The National Trust and Mitchells & Butlers restore The Crown pub

One of Belfast's most loved pubs, The Crown, has been restored to its former glory after the National Trust and Mitchells & Butlers completed a comprehensive six month conservation and restoration project.

A team of National Trust experts from across the UK have worked tirelessly on the pub since the conservation project commenced six months ago.  The project was unique from the outset as all of the conservation work was carried out in full view of the regular customers of the pub.

Hilary McGrady, the National Trust's Director for Northern Ireland, said:  "This project has been a huge success for everyone involved.  We are so grateful to Mitchells & Butlers for helping to fund this project which enables The Crown to really shine. 

"It has been a fantastic team effort which has brought together experts in woodwork, glass, tiling, painting and conservation and everyone involved has had a real sense of engagement and learning with this project."

John Wyper of Mitchells & Butlers, added:  "Everyone has embraced this project with enthusiasm and excitement, making it a real team effort.  We're grateful to the manager George Greig and his team for their dedication and enthusiasm, and to Gilbert Ash who led the day-to-day work and delivered this project without impacting upon customers' enjoyment of the pub.


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