The news that the Malt Cross in Nottingham has closed its doors has left me absolutely stunned - as it has members of staff who were given no advance warning. Only last month, we paid a visit to one of my favourite places in the city, enjoying a typically tasty light lunch in what is a beautiful old building.
The owners have predictably blamed the closure on "the tough trading environment for bars and restaurants", but there certainly didn't seem to be any problem the day we were there, with every table taken both upstairs and downstairs.
They are now, apparently, "actively exploring new possibilities" - whatever that means. Given that the building was only refurbished in 2014 to the tune of £1.4 million of National Lottery cash, it's certainly to be hoped that it reopens sooner rather than later.