THE Royal Alfred pub has reopened its doors to begin a new era which will include upstairs accommodation.

The pub, located in a key location near to St Helens Central train station, has started its new lease of life under new owners Gary Wright, who has the Talbot Ale House on Duke Street and Steve Goodman.

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Royal Alfred

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Following its opening, Gary has told the Star about plans for the pub, including B&B-style accommodation in the upper floor over the next couple of months.

"I always wanted this pub, I think it has got so much potential," said Gary.

"It is a beautiful pub, I absolutely love it and it has never fully met that potential before."

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Games room

The pub has undergone a light refurbishment downstairs with new furniture, cellar and dispensing equipment in place.

"One of the key things to me is that the quality is absolutely perfect and that is what we've now got.

"We are going to have a partnership loyalty scheme with the Talbot.

"We have three new staff so far and that will increase, I want to create jobs."

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Part of the bar

On future plans Gary added:"We will rip out the top floor and redecorate so that everything is going to be new to become like a B&B.

"We will have food from January and we will look at promoting live music. I'll do the same to create a warm friendly pub where people can come and relax."