PUB goers have shared their sadness after the popular Bell and Cross in Clent announced it's closing for good.

The award-winning pub, which was previously run by former England football team chef Roger Narbett, has been battling rising costs.

In a post on Facebook, current pub owner Joe Tansley announced the immediate closure "with great sadness and a very heavy heart."

"Rising food costs, utilities, inflation and large debt from Covid have tragically made continuing to trade impossible", he said.

"Over the coming days I will be calling round all customers to let them know we are permanently closed.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single member of my team who have been truly incredible over the past 5 odd years.

"It would be impossible to individually name you all, but I’d like to think you know who you are.

"I’m absolutely heartbroken things have ended this way.

"To all our lovely customers I want to say a big thank you.

"Your support, kindness and humour over the years has kept us going inside our little pub".

Patrons of the pub took to social media to pay tribute and express their sadness at the news.

Ian Garden said: "Terrible news, not only for the owners but for the wider community.

"This was a terrific place, with lovely staff and fabulous food. We are all just gutted".

Louise Fenton said: "Thank you for some great memories and fantastic food and service."

Stuart Zachsta Munro said: "So sad, some fabulous times spent here over the years. Good luck for the future".

Matthew Guest added: "The absolute best Sunday lunch for miles, and always a fantastic menu.

"Such a shame for you all, wishing you all the best in future ventures or roles.

"Great food that will be sorely missed".