A popular pub near the town centre has sent out a message to its beloved customers after closing its doors for good.

On Friday May 10 The Lyndhurst posted a message on social media to thank all its locals for the support they have shown the establishment over the years. 

The pub had welcomed guests in for the last time the night previously, Thursday May 9.

A spokesperson for The Lyndhurst said the following statement:

"Thank you Reading. It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour.

"We have been overwhelmed with the support you have shown us over the years and especially over the past week – thank you for visiting us one last time yesterday and for the wonderful cards and personal messages and stories that you shared – there was laughter, good bye tears, plenty of hugs and good wishes.

"Truly humbling to see a full house on the last day. Stay well and happy all!"

The pub has had a rocky history, having seen a handful of landlords in the last decade.

In July 2016, the then-landlord Heath Thomas closed the pub after complaining about rising rent costs.

Kris Dorward took the pub over later that year but after three years he also threw in the towel.

The Stonegate Group, which is advertising the site, is currently looking to refinance after falling into £2.6 billion in debt. 

GMB Union has expressed concern for the employees that refinancing could lead to crippling payments to service the debt due to increasing interest rates.

The owners of The Lyndhurst on Queens Road previously revealed that they would be moving on from the pub in a statement released in February. 

Chef and manager Sheldon Fernandes and Dishon Vas said: "We are at the end of an amazing journey as our tenancy comes to an end and we think it's the right time to pass on the baton of this special little pub to someone who can take it forward."

They thanked the team at the pub for their commitment and dedication and for "turning strangers into regulars" and creating a "unique pub experience".

The Lyndhurst was one of Reading’s most popular pubs and eatery’s. A lot of their cuisine included fresh seasonal and locally sources produce, cooked to order.

One reviewer described this Reading pub as a ‘hidden gem.’

He said: “Such a lovey atmosphere, staff so welcoming and friendly. Food was delicious - best burger, fish & chips we’d had in a long while. A gem of a place that also welcomed our Springer with open arms - highly recommend.”