A RESTAURANT in Southampton has closed suddenly.

The British restaurant Gatehouse 1833 released a statement saying it was "closed until further notice."

Situated above the award winning Kuti's Brasserie on the cities Royal Pier, the restaurant posted the announcement on Facebook and on its website.

Currently the area is still in use as a weddings and events venue.

However, owners say the restaurant will not be closed for good as there are new plans in the works.

Julie Toms, the Marketing Manager for Kuti's Brasserie said: "We have some exciting plans for the space in the works that will be revealed soon!

"The upstairs space at the Royal Pier, along with the terrace area, is a truly unique location in Southampton.

"We are lucky enough to have both a beautiful historic building, and a stunning view over Southampton water.

"We cannot wait to be able to maximise its potential, and continue to bring our customers memorable experiences."

The restaurant is situated in a prime location for waterfront views and boasts a rooftop terrace that seats 60 people.

Inside, the dining area seats 50 covers and 30 guests can comfortably enjoy a drink at the chandelier cocktail bar.

The restaurant, originally called Gatehouse Grill, was rebranded as Gatehouse 1833 last January.

Acclaimed chef Lee Burden, who had previously worked at Winchester's Chesil Rectory and Romsey's Three Tuns, was brought in to lead the kitchen.

Saints legends Matt Le Tissier, Francis Benali and other distinguished guests sampled Lee's modern British menu on the preview night in January last year.

Kuti's Brasserie, which is owned by restaurateur Kuti Miah, was originally based on Oxford Street until it was forced to close due to a fire.

The restaurant opened at the Royal Pier in 2008 on the old site of the Royal Thai restaurant and can sit 120 guests.

If you have a reservation with the restaurant, call 02380 221585.