CAFE, farm and small business hub Inglenook Farm has announced it is set to close after eight years.

The venue, off Rainford bypass, has been a site of several businesses for many years.

As well as the cafe, Inglenook has a farm shop, sells essential oils and houses independent businesses, such as a wood carving service, Cathop Beers, and others.

The owners announced yesterday via social media that the venue is to close after January.

The post said: "So this is the post we have put off writing. The rumours are true. The farm is closing. We opened 8 years ago this week.

"It has been our life and we have put every part of ourselves into it.

"Unfortunately, it has just become impossible to keep the whole farm going.

"We are going to keep distilling oils and selling online but the loss of the farm itself does mean no more cafe, shops or markets.

"We are utterly heartbroken. It has been an incredible emotional roller coaster of a journey.

"To each of you who have been on it with us, customers, friends, staff, market stall holders, you've all made this amazing and we will miss you all.

"The cafe will be open until Christmas, our brilliant shops until the end of January and watch this space for news on our oils."