AN ART gallery and tearoom in Andover is officially closing its doors as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A family-run business since 2006, The Sheep Shed Gallery Tearoom was nestled in the corner of the Weyhill Fairground Craft and Design Centre and consisted of 12 individual craft studios.

The gallery was known for selling works of both local artists and those situated elsewhere around the UK, with works across a multitude of media and both 2D and 3D forms.

Exhibitions and workshops were held during the year so that people could embrace their love of art and crafts.

The tearoom traditionally sold lunches, cakes, and afternoon teas.

All the cakes bakes were gluten free, and there was always a dairy free option too.

The food served was sourced by local providers, and where possible, was organic.

The whole site is steeped in history, dating back to the times of Thomas Hardy; it was once known as the “greatest Fair in the Kingdom”.

An agricultural fair which began in medieval times, it soon became quite the hub of activity, something which continued until its closure in the late 1950s.

The assortment of arts and crafts they sold included ceramics, glass, woodwork, jewellery, photography and prints.

Announcing their closure, the company posted on their Facebook page: “It is with great sadness that we announce The Sheep Shed Gallery and Tearoom will not be reopening.

“It has been a very difficult decision for us to make, but following the Covid-19 pandemic, we realised that it is just not possible for us to reopen for trade and keep all our staff and customers safe.

“We want to thank all of our customers, artists and followers for their continued support over the years – we honestly couldn’t have done it without you all!”

One customer said: “You will be much missed....but understandable in these very uncertain times.

“Best wishes to you and your staff and thank you Bea for your help with exhibitions.

“A venue we will miss in so many ways.”

Another person commented: “So very sorry to hear this.

“The wonderful exhibitions and oh-so-tempting craft goods will be very much missed! I wish you all well and a brighter future.”