Welwyn restaurant Aqua has "permanently closed" ahead of new owners taking over, it has been announced.

In a short statement on their website, the popular dining spot confirmed "Aqua Restaurant has now closed".

"We are sorry to inform you that Aqua is now permanently closed," read a statement.

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"We would like to thank everybody for their support and custom over the years.

"The restaurant will soon be under new ownership and will be reopening shortly, offering similar fantastic service and delicious cuisine."

Serving fine Italian food and a range of cocktails, the restaurant had rave reviews with a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 on Google, and more than 200 excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.