How to restore old, crumbling brick fireplace

last year

Hi, we've recently bought a victorian cottage which has it original brick fireplace still in the kitchen. We love it as a feature and really want to highlight it, however it's really not in the best condition... Bricks are crumbling, lime mortar has been badly replaced with concrete by the previous owners and there appears to be a grey-ish film on the bricks that's peeling off in areas. We've noticed that one of the bricks has even been completely replaced by concrete!
We asked a repointing specialist what he would recommend, he said to plaster over it and use brick slips instead :-(
We really don't want to lose this original feature so really hoping there might be some good suggestions about what we could do???

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United Kingdom
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