Food and beer lovers have been left devastated after a popular town centre beer and burger bar has closed after eight years.
Bert’s, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, served their final plate on Friday, February 29, before announcing on Friday it has now closed.
The eatery, in High Street, was ‘always busy’ on Saturdays, and diners are shocked to see it close suddenly.
Staff at the bistro, known for its burgers and wide selection of lagers and ales, say the last six months of trading had been ‘too tough’, leading them to take the decision to close down.
In a statement on Facebook, the staff said: “Last Saturday day we served our last classic breakfast, last bacon and egg pancakes and last Bert’s burger.
“The last eight years have been a blast. Thanks for all your support over them years but the past six months were just too tough.
“A huge thanks to all the staff that started as employees and became like family. Thanks for all the great times, it has truly been our pleasure. Love Sam, Kim and the mythical Bert.”
Kath Elks, aged 66, from Trentham, said: “We are so shocked – I didn’t realise it was closed. Every month I meet my friend for lunch and we often come to Bert’s.
“We’re going to have to find somewhere else in Newcastle to go instead.”
Kay White, aged 61, from Wolstanton, spotted Bert’s had closed while meeting two friends for a coffee.
She said: “I can’t believe it. I was meeting my friends for coffee as we come here most Saturdays and it’s always really busy.
“We didn’t come in last Saturday because of the snow, and I’m a bit gutted now as it was their last day – what a shame.”