A HISTORIC Cotswold pub has announced its closure for the foreseeable future.

The Tunnel House Inn in Coates near Cirencester announced the news on social media yesterday (Wednesday, September 16).

In a post on Facebook, the team at the Inn said: "Very sadly the Tunnel House Inn will be closed for the foreseeable future as we are unable to come to an agreement with the landlords that would have enabled us to continue trading.

"It has been a pleasure to run this pub and I hope that the next custodians make a success of it."

Established in the 1780s for the hard-working navvies building the Sapperton tunnel, many a pint was consumed as well-deserved compensation for the long, physically demanding job of legging.

In 1952 the Tunnel House was mostly destroyed in a fire, leaving only bare walls and an untouched pub sign. Now rebuilt, the Tunnel House sits far off the main road.