Landmark pub forced to shut in licence lapse
A historic pub owned by the National Trust in Belfast city centre has closed its doors because its licence has lapsed.
The Crown Bar on Great Victoria Street is one of the most famous in Northern Ireland, distinguished by its period gas lighting, church-style stained glass windows, cosy wooden snugs and mosaics of tiles.
It was once a Victorian gin palace and dates back to the early days of industrialisation in the early 1800s. The shutters were pulled down after a permit to sell alcohol was not renewed, believed to have expired in November 2012.
A trust spokesman said: "We encourage the tenant to seek a speedy resolution to this issue to ensure this historic building is reopened to the public as soon as possible."