A woman who ran a Lichfield pub has revealed her “upset” at the venue’s closure.

The George IV had been a key venue on the city’s music scene prior to the doors being shut.

Kayleigh Blades admitted the closure was a personal as well as professional blow.

“It’s still very raw and I’m still very emotional about it at the minute,” she explained. “The pub was a massive part of my life and I put so much work into it.

“I always felt that the customers and staff were my family and I’m so upset that I’ve lost all of that.”

“I’m very sad and wasn’t ready to leave something that we worked so hard for.”

The closure came after a dispute regarding a switch of tenancy meant changes to the way the business was charged for electricity and beer, leading to a legal case which is still ongoing.

But despite the continued battle over the circumstances regarding the George IV’s closure, the pumps are – for now – remaining off.

“We spent all hours of the day and night on the floor with the customers,” Kayleigh added. “I’m very sad and wasn’t ready to leave something that we worked so hard for.”


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9 replies on “Shock and sadness after Lichfield pub closes its doors”

  1. It is always regrettable when another one of our businesses close. But in an endeavor to try and find the reasons behind so many closed business can someone help me out here – Quote”The pub was a massive part of my life “End quote.This to me seems to imply “A LONG TIME” but then we have – Quote”a dispute regarding a switch of tenancy ” which to me seems to imply a very short time!

    When you take on a new business you check the lease details – costs of overheads etc and verify with suppliers that they will sell you goods/services on terms acceptable to both parties.You ensure there is ample cash available for those overheads.
    It would be nice to have a few more (not confidential) details.
    Young people who are thinking of starting their own business can learn from successful business CEO,s and also from business that do not do so well.

  2. But what about the red lion at Longdon too. That was run by the blades family too. Bad management maybe or dillusions of grandeur

  3. Good to see Cynic, the keyboard hero making a well informed comment as always. Shame the George IV pub wasn’t run by CEO’s but a normal family trying to make a decent living. They were always friendly to customers and their income and home was lost when this business could no longer function, I wish them all the best.

  4. As someone in the know the Pub Co’s (such as Enterprise & Punch) modus operandi currently makes it incredibly difficult for NEW leaseholders who attempt to set up and run any sort of unique, distinctive venue. They misrepresent running costs, inflate prices of ‘tied’ products and put unreasonable pressure on should operators find themselves behind with payments. In the current climate many many small businesses are feeling the pinch. Without significant funds or facilities in place they are likely to falter and one would expect the Pub Co’s to support their tennants rather than turning the screws at the first opportunity. The guys at the George did a great job of delivering a truly unique venue in Lichfield whilst fighting an uphill battle with Enterprise and unfeasibly high business rates. Shame not more supporters instead of cynics.

  5. Incidentally anyone who thinks that someone who risks what they have to start their own small business against all the odds has ‘dillusions of grandeur’is sadly misguided. There is no Grandeur in running a small pub.
    Having frequented both establishments regularly it was clear that they were run (managed) well.
    Clearly some issues with the finances behind the scenes but it was a sad day(s) when these two venues shut.
    Looks like we are destined to be subjected to more poor microwaved food, TV screens, cover bands and beligerant bar staff as the pub trade worsens and freindly family run establishments are squeezed out.

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