LAST orders has been called at an Ellesmere Port pub.

The Rake on Rake Lane, Little Stanney, closed its doors in its current guise for the last time on Sunday (January 12).

Yesterday, staff posted a farewell on the The Rake's Facebook page.

It read: "So here we have it, our last day trading at The Rake.

"Just a quick reminder we will be stopping serving food at 5pm today.

"Would like to take this time to say a big massive thank you to all the staff who have shown constant support, we wish you all the best in the future

"For one last time - thank you, from Team Rake

The Rake was a Hungry Horse pub, one of the Greene King brands.

A spokesperson for Greene King confirmed the pub had closed, adding: “As a leading pub operator and brewer, we are committed to running high quality community pubs. To continue investing in our estate, from time to time we have to make the difficult decision to sell a pub and therefore after much consideration we decided to put The Rake on the market last year. The pub closed for business this weekend and we’d like to thank both the team and our customers who have visited the pub over the years and hope they will continue to visit our two other pubs nearby, the Cheshire Oaks and the Oaklands.”

People have been posting about their memories of the pub on social media.

On the Pride in the Port Facebook group, Louise Taylor said: "Today The Rake closes it doors for the final time! I dont know about anyone else but i have some fond memories of this place over the years! It used to be the place to go to watch the fireworks, people queued right up the lanes to see them. I would like to wish all the staff the very best for the future.

"Sad day for our town!"

On The Rake's Facebook page, Sammy Mack said: "Such a shame. Got married there, worked there and even spent many a great day there with the family. But the simple fact is...if you don't use it! You will lose it! Another great pub gone due to the changes in people's lifestyle.

"Not the first pub to go and it definitely won't be the last."