Princely spit and polish for the Albert pub

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A Scarborough pub has closed for four weeks whilst it undergoes a major transformation to improve the overall look and feel of the establishment.

The Albert, situated on North Marine Road, is having a £200,000 cash injection by the leaseholders Pauline and Mike Hirst in partnership with owners Punch Taverns, a leading pub company in the UK, to refurbish the pub throughout with new décor and facilities.

As a result of the investment, four jobs will be created.

Michael, who has run various pubs in Scarborough for almost 30 years, is excited about the refurbishment: “I used to manage the Albert in 1985 and I know the area well as I was brought up nearby. Pauline and I have always liked the pub and could see the potential. There will be major work conducted throughout with a facelift inside and out.

“The plans look fantastic; we will be creating three luxury en-suite letting rooms and enhancing our kitchen so we can introduce food all day, every day as well as a fabulous carvery on Sundays. Pauline and I look forward to seeing the end result.”

The pub is expected to reopen at the end of May with an official launch in mid-June.

Punch Taverns’ Partnership Development Manager, Andy King, is also looking forward to the new look pub: “It’s great that Punch can invest in their pubs and we essentially want to reposition the Albert as one of the leading pubs that can provide great drinks and quality dining for residents in Scarborough and visitors passing through.”

The Albert is the second Punch pub to get money lavished on it.

The Commercial, in Falsgrave Road, re-opened before Christmas following a £135,000 renovation.

Three jobs were created in The Commercial project, which was a joint investment between Punch Taverns and licensee Kay Youngson.

Kay has worked in the pub intermittently since she was 19 and told the Scarborough News that she had always seen its potential.

She said: “I’ve previously worked at The Commercial and I could always see its potential.”

Punch is hoping the new look Albert will prove as popular as The Commercial when it reopens in four weeks time.