The Craven Heifer pub has announced that it is to temporarily close due to pandemic restrictions from midnight tonight.

The Burnley pub, on Briercliffe Road, is one of several from around East Lancashire to have decided that the ongoing crisis and the onset of renewed restrictions have left them with little choice.

This comes as a tier three lockdown comes into force which will mean that pubs that do not serve food will have to close their doors, while even many of those that do have decided that staying open will not be economically viable.

In a statement, landlady Michelle Naylor said: “It is with sadness that after looking at all the options we will close from tonight.

“Although we serve food after looking at the safety of staff, ensuring they get paid, and the business viability we have decided it isn’t viable to stay open.

“We are so sorry to let all our loyal and supportive customers down.

“Massive thanks to everyone who has support us since opening in July, please stay safe, much love to you all.

“See you at the other side.”

The decision to move into a tier three local lockdown was taken after the government and local authorities agreed on a £42million funding deal to help vulnerable people and businesses that will be forced to close.

The Craven Heifer meanwhile will be selling off its remaining beers and lagers tonight.