A popular hotel and restaurant has been forced to close its doors for good after announcing the ‘shock’ revelation on its website and social media pages at the end of last week.

Despite boasting an award-winning selection of dishes and drinks and having an average 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor, The Fox Hall Inn at East Layton, Richmond, has called it a day after a closure message appeared on its website on Tuesday (September 6) – followed by another message on their social media channels.

The venue, which was based on the A66 between the County Durham and Cumbria border was a popular destination for locals and diners, who were travelling to or from a trip to the Lake District.

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It is also famed for having amazing views of the countryside landscape from its beer garden, while also offering boutique rooms and gastro pub food and drink.

However, a message that appeared on their website last Tuesday (September 6), which was written by owners Jack Bowles and Ellie Richmond, read: “We are very sad that the doors have been closed for the last time at The Fox Hall Inn.

“We would like to say thank you to all our amazing customers, suppliers and our fabulous team who helped keep the business going until the last hour. Ellie and Jack xx"

Another very similar message then appeared on their social media channels 30 minutes later.

Following the announcement, droves of punters and regular visitors to The Fox Hall Inn took to social media to express their shock, sadness, and devastation at the sudden closure of the pub and hotel.

Taking to the comments section on Facebook, one user wrote: “Totally devastated for all of you. We always called in on our way to the Lakes! The food was always amazing, and the staff were incredible. We were only with you bank holiday weekend on the way to our son’s wedding. Words escape me we're so sad but wish you all the best.”

Meanwhile, another person added that they used to work in the pub, saying: “What a Shame, it was my first ever job as a part-time waiter there back in the early 80s, and I have fond memories of the place. I hope someone takes it forward.”

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