A SHELDON pub has reopened its doors and toasted to its future with the help of a Birmingham MP.
Following a £285,000 refurbishment, The George V in Common Lane is ready to welcome back punters and under the watchful eye of Sheldon-born publican Maz Turner.
The George V has been fully refurbished and redecorated with new seating and flooring inside and new signage and lighting outside.
The new George V publican, Maz Turner grew up in the Sheldon area, and has many years’ experience running pubs in the area — having previously run The Three Horseshoes on the Coventry Road and The Solihull Lodge near the Maypole.
She said: “The pub has undergone a thorough overhaul and looks fantastic – it is going to be a real asset to the area.
“It is more comfortable and relaxing and everyone who has seen it has been impressed by all of the many improvements.
“I am really enjoying getting involved with pub regulars to start events and sports teams such as pool, darts and teams for quiz evenings.
“It won’t be long before the George V is well and truly back at the heart of the local community.”
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, joined Ms Turner at the pub to toast its successful future.
She said: “The George V is a very well known pub and has been popular for many years.
“I am pleased to see it receive such substantial investment to improve its facilities and appearance, and delighted to have the opportunity to visit on its opening night, and to perform the opening ceremony.
“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting pub staff and customers old and new, as well as learning more about plans for community fundraising events.
“I wish The George V and its team every success for the future.”