Two Thornbury pubs are temporarily shutting their doors following the coronavirus outbreak.

The Wheatsheaf, on Chapel Street, announced its closure on Wednesday while High Street pub The Butcher's Hook will shut from 11pm on Friday.

A statement posted on The Wheatsheaf's Facebook page read: "This was not an easy decision, but it was born out on financial necessity, and health implications.

"We hope you can all appreciate that, this is a decision made with very heavy hearts, and with the intention of preserving the future of this amazing community pub.

"We have an obligation to our staff, you our customers and ourselves to be healthy and well.

"Please be assured that once things are deemed to be back to normal we shall be ready to welcome you back to the Wheatsheaf."

Pete Tiley, landlord of the Butcher's Hook has also been forced to close his other pub, The Salutation Inn, Berkeley, from Friday.

He said: "In the interests of the national effort to combat the spread of this virus we feel it would not be appropriate for us to continue to operate as usual against current Government advice.

"To keep yourselves topped up with our delicious Tiley’s ale, cider and food, our sister pub the Sally will continue to offer off-sales (or takeaway) in a service called "The Sally at Home".

"The Sally will have our delicious ales and ciders in 3 litre and 5 litre bag in boxes as well as our flagons for you to take home with you plus sensational ready meals for take-out too. These will be available from the Sally off-sales hatch from Saturday onwards between 4pm and 7pm.

"We may look to introduce this service to the Butcher’s Hook in the future but in the meantime if you want to support us and our brewery, please consider purchasing takeout from the Sally. We’ll issue more details in the coming days.

"We realise a lot of you will be undergoing serious pain and hardship in the coming months but if you are able to support us in anyway we would be incredibly grateful."