A POPULAR pub is currently unable to serve food to hungry punters after its resident chef was instructed to self-isolate.

The Robert Burre, in Burrs Road, Clacton, known for its pub grub and hearty meals, has been forced to shut its kitchen.

The owners of the long-running establishment made the decision after their chef was told to quarantine.

The cook was told to self-isolate after being potentially exposed to an individual with coronavirus.

In a statement published on social media a spokesman said: "We at the Robert Burre are very sorry to have to announce that due to our chef having to self-isolate our kitchen will be closed.

"But as the word is getting around about how lovely the food is, I would recommend booking."

The Robert Burre's bar remains open and the kitchen is expected to reopen on Sunday.