Family business Slater's Ales will open its doors for business in Wolverhampton's Queen Square at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday).

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The award winning brewery has developed its first premises outside of Staffordshire by transforming 3 floors of a Grade II listed building previously occupied by Costa Coffee into a craft ale bar.

The original features of the building have been restored while there is also an industrial feel throughout.

There is a downstairs bar and an upstairs bar for functions, which will also be open at weekends, while food will be served between 12pm and 8pm.

City of Wolverhampton Council has helped recruit 16 staff for Slater's Craft Beer Bar, with more than 90% of the workforce from the city.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We were delighted when Slater's chose to come to Wolverhampton.

"They have worked extremely hard to bring the building in Queen Square back to life and I am sure it will prove to be a popular venue at the heart of the city, complementing our regeneration plans.

"It is also great that the council has been able to help Slater's source the majority of its workforce from Wolverhampton.

"We very much value the presence of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) like this and the creative people behind them.

"These are the businesses that help give Wolverhampton its own identity and character."

Slater's supply pubs and clubs throughout the country with hand brewed real ale - and celebrated its 20th year in 2015.

Fay Slater, owner, added: "We are excited to be opening our first bar in Wolverhampton. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends to the bar."

  • released: Wednesday 24 February, 2016