A SOUTHAMPTON restaurant is to permanently close following difficulties brought about the the coronavirus pandemic.

The Stable, on Above Bar Street, has announced it will not be reopening following months of closure due to the coronavirus crisis.

The restaurant is part of the city's cultural quarter launched by Southampton City Council in a bid to become City of Culture 2025.

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The restaurant announced the closure on its Facebook page today.

The statement said: "We are sorry to say that The Southampton Stable will not be reopening. We would like to thank all our loyal customers for your valued business over the years, your support is greatly appreciated.

"Your nearest Stable will be The Bournemouth Stable. We hope to see you there in the near future."

It comes after the announcement that Southampton’s Nuffield theatres is to close for good with the loss of 86 jobs.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) went into administration in May after the coronavirus crisis wiped out its income.

News of the administration had shocked the theatrical world, with fears that other leading venues could go the same way.

It had also raised concerns about the future of Southampton’s bid to become City of Culture 2025.

A petition urging Southampton City Council to save the theatres, launched by casting director Annelie Powell, has attracted more than 12,400 signatures.