A POPULAR restaurant in Lostock Gralam has announced that it has closed its doors for the final time.

The owners of The Boat Yard Bistro revealed their decision social media and said that it was made due to family and personal reasons.

Known for its signature Sunday roasts and outside dining along the Trent and Mersey Canal, the restaurant was a much-visited venue by families and friends alike

And the owners wished to thank customers for their loyalty and support over the years.

The post on the bistro’s Facebook post reads: “The Boat Yard Bistro has closed its doors for the last time.

“I have made some very hard decisions over the years, but this is the hardest because of the reasons why.

“We as a family would like to thank all our customers that have visited us over the past two years.

“We have made some lovely genuine friends and thank them for their continued support.

Northwich Guardian:

The Boat Yard co-owner, Bradley Bates

“People will make their own assumptions as to why we have closed, but those who know us will know it is down to family and personal reasons.

“Thanks again and all the very best. John Jo and Brad Bates.

“If there are any genuine enquiries to take on the business then get in touch. As for nosey people, please respect this is a very emotional time.”

The decision was met with sadness and shock by the bistro’s many customers in the area, who all wished the owners well for the future.

One comment read: “Gutted for you all and gutted as we loved eating here. You should be very proud of what you achieved with the Boat Yard.

“Fabulous food, amazing people and the best Sunday roast in Cheshire.

“So very sorry it is closing as we had some fab times and meals here. All the very best for the future for you all.”

Another added: “Had another incredible meal on Saturday, thanks to the team for hosting us again.

“Very sad to read this but totally understand the decision. All the best to you - you should be very proud of what you built and achieved.”