A SEDGLEY pub is set to reopen this week after a £70k refurb.

The Swan Inn on Gospel End Street will open at lunchtime on Friday (January 5). It has been closed since last February.

The Dudley and South Staffordshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale said on its website: "The pub was bought from Stonegate Pub Company in July for £255,000 and has been let to the Red Pub Company.

"The re-fit of the downstairs has cost around £70,000."

The Grade II listed real ale pub dates from the early 19th Century will be operated by the Red Pub Company.

Its director Paul Jones had hoped to get all the improvement work completed in time at the Grade II listed pub for pre-Christmas opening but it did not prove possible..

The upstairs of the pub, which was also previously a hotel, has nine rooms which will be let out for a separate Airbnb business.

A similar amount is to be spent to upgrade the rooms to a high standard.

Mr Jones said the new licence for the pub had been approved, with a 12 midnight closing time each day.

He plans to put on indoor and outdoor music at the pub, which has a snug as well as the main bar.

There will also be an outdoor bar.

The Swan, opposite All Saints Parish Church, will be Red Pub Company’s 18th pub and 10th real ale specialist premises.