A popular Richmond bar is set to close permanently, with the chain behind the business citing the government's Covid-19 restrictions as the reason.

Revolution Richmond, which faces onto Buccleuch Passage, has been closed since the announcement of the third national lockdown in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But after the Richmond and Twickenham Times approached the chain behind the venue, Revolution Bars Group (RBG), it has now been confirmed the bar will not reopen.

RBG did not confirm how many jobs would be at risk as a result of the announcement.

A spokesperson said: "We have loved our time in Richmond and hope to return one day, however due to the government's ongoing closure of the hospitality industry we have had to seek concessions from our landlords and in this instance our landlord has taken the opportunity to assign a new lease to another operator.

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"We are doing all we can to secure onward employment for our Richmond team."

The news may provoke mixed reactions among locals - the venue's popularity as a venue for nightlife had led to complaints from neighbouring residents.

An attempt to extend the venue's opening hours was thrown out by a Richmond Council licensing committee last year - with many citing noise complaints.

It has not yet been revealed who will take over the lease for the site.