Green King has confirmed that it will close Hardys and Hansons brewery in Kimberley, near Nottingham, and transfer production to Bury St Edmunds.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, said: “We concluded with regret that it doesn't make economic sense to continue brewing at Kimberley and sadly this means that the brewery will close at the end of the year.”

He added: “Greene King invests more in cask beer than any other brewer, but to remain viable, returns have to be delivered on this investment.”

Greene King acquired Hardys & Hansons in June this year for £270m.