A popular inn in Truro is to close - but the leaseholders claim they only found out after being told by an estate agent it had been put up for sale.

The Britannia Inn in Quay Street is set to close its doors on July 10, 2021 as the brewery that owns it will not be renewing the lease and plans on selling the building.

It was put on the market for £325,000, although a note on RightMove today, which was not there at the start of the week, states that the property has been removed by the agent. It adds: "It may be sold or temporarily removed from the market."

According to leaseholder Lea-Ann Sobey, the sale was not something she was made aware of until she was contacted by estate agents telling her the building had gone up for sale.

Lea-Ann told The Packet: "The lease was up in July anyway, and we always thought we were going to renew but then we were told it was going up for sale.

"We were told about two weeks ago and it's actually already gone up, and it's been up for about a week now.

"Then first we knew was when the estate agent rang and said you're going up for sale on Monday

"It was definitely a shock.

"We've got a lot of darts teams here so they're all up in the air, so it's very sad.

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"We've now come to terms with it I think.

"I've got a cafe which I've had for 27 years, so I've got something to keep me going at the moment."

Lea-Ann also said that most of her efforts would be put towards her cafe, the Three Rivers Café opposite, at this time until she had decide whether or not she'd be looking for a new venture.

In a statement on social media, Lea-Ann also said: "We have had uncountable good times and have made amazing friendships along the way.

"We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart s for your custom, friendship, and loyalty.

"Last but not least a huge thank you to all of our Brit dart players that have stuck by us for many years.

"It’s been a privilege to have you play for us.

"Each and everyone of you have become like family.

"We will be opening briefly from 17th May until our final shift on 10th July .So please come in and say your farewell s and let’s go out with a bang!

"All our best wishes and thanks."

The Packet put Lea-Ann's allegations to the brewery for a comment. 

A spokesperson for Stonegate Brewery said in a brief statement: "I can confirm that the Britannia Inn is being sold."