A pub has had to close its kitchen because of Covid-19 - leaving staff "devastated" that they have had to cancel Christmas bookings. 

The Swan in Amersham had to make the difficult decision to shut its kitchen as of December 19 because of the effect an "increased level of infections has had on our kitchen teams". 

It means those who had bookings coming up will now not be able to enjoy them. 

The High Street pub said: "As you will be undoubtedly aware, there has been an increasing level of infections of Covid-19 around the country, especially in and around London.

"Due to the effect that this increased level of infections has had on our kitchen teams; we have had to take the incredibly difficult decision to temporarily close our kitchen from 17th December.

"We are devastated, and this is not a decision that we have made lightly – it is something that is unfortunately completely out of our control.

"We will be making every attempt to contact all bookings to either rearrange for a future date, to transfer where possible to another site nearby, or to arrange to refund any deposits paid where required.

"I understand that this will be incredibly disappointing to so many of you who were looking forward to spending time with us over the festive period, and I am sure that this will come as frustrating news to all.

"While I appreciate that for our guests, this announcement comes at very short notice – and I assure you that we have worked to share information with everyone as soon as it has been made available to us, and have tried everything possible to avoid this outcome."

While the kitchen has had to shut the pub itself will be remaining open. Staff will be contacting everyone who has made a booking in due course to either ransfer or refund the money. 

They added: "Our focus initially will be to transfer any bookings for Christmas Day out to other sites. Any other bookings will be contacted at the earliest opportunity.

"I thank you all in advance for your patience with this matter, and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future."