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An HISTORIC pub in Portsmouth is closed for refurbishment.

Work is being done to improve the bar and fit new electrics at The Florist, in Fratton Road, Fratton.

The venue, which was initially built for Brickwoods Brewery in 1924, has been closed since January and new owner Chris Hunt hopes to reopen it in the coming weeks.

Chris, 35, who lives in London, bought it from Wadworth Brewery last year after it was put up for sale.

He said: ‘The Florist hasn’t been decorated since at least the 1950s so I thought something needed doing. It was very dated.

‘This will help to move things forward.

‘It’s a nice pub and I wanted to keep it running as one.’

Chris has also bought The Royal, in Commercial Road, Landport, from Wadworth and plans to reopen it on March 1.