A much-loved restaurant has closed its doors with 'great sadness' after three years of trading. 

The team at the Auldhouse Arms in East Kilbride have made the decision to temporarily shut their restaurant, while the bar remains open.

They thanked their customers and staff in a heartfelt post. 

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A statement shared on their Facebook page reads: "Unfortunately, with a heavy heart and great sadness, we're sorry to announce that we will be closing the doors of the Auldhouse Arms restaurant, with immediate effect!

"The bar will remain open, but the restaurant will be closed temporarily.

"We would like to thank everyone for the continued support over the past 3 years. We have made so many friends and developed such a big family here.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked for or with us, and all those behind the scenes who helped us out or inspired us in any way over the last 3 years. We are forever grateful!

"We are definitely going to miss our regulars and wish each and every one of our customers all the very best for the future.

"Thanks Again."

Over 120 people have since shared their support for the restaurant staff amid the disappointing news.

One person wrote: "I appreciate this has been a lengthy and hard decision but as a regular customer we will absolutely miss this the food, service and ambience that we’ve always received! Hopefully one day soon the restaurant doors will reopen."

Another local said: "So sad to hear this. It’s been so good having somewhere with amazing food on our doorstep."

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A third added: "Gutted to hear this. Your food was amazing and the service was great. This must have been such a hard decision to make. You will be greatly missed."

It comes after we reported that Indian eatery Tuk Tuk on Sauchiehall Street closed so that the team could focus on their Edinburgh venue. 

Meanwhile, the boss of a Southside cafe has spoken of how the economic crisis has made it impossible for his business to go on.

As part of a special investigation, we will be delving into the many closures plaguing the food and drink industry to find out what it means for our city.

As of January 18, the Glasgow Times has reported nine closures in the food and drink sector alone since the beginning of the year.

Please contact Marissa Macwhirter (marissa.macwhirter@newsquest.co.uk) or Sarah Campbell (sarah.campbell@newsquest.co.uk) if you have any questions, comments, or tips.