A POPULAR Llanduno cafe which helped people experiencing mental illness and emotional distress has announced its closure.

The Rabbit Hole cafe, on Trinity Square, was a Social Enterprise set up by Aberconwy Mind.

It provided work experience, volunteer roles and training for those dealing with mental health issues.

A statement on the Rabbit Hole cafe's Facebook page from its director and board of trustees read on Tuesday:

"It is with regret that we have to announce that the Rabbit Hole Cafe ceased trading on October 12."

The cafe had first opened five years ago, financed by a three year grant from the Big Lottery.

"Over the years the project has helped people gain employment in the retail sector and profits were ploughed back into the charity.

The contemporary cafe also offered outside catering services business meetings, training courses, and private functions.

The post said: "We have managed to continue the project for a further two years, following the ending of the Big Lottery Grant, hoping to make the project a viable self sustaining commercial entity.

"Sadly, this has not been possible and Aberconwy Mind is not in a position to financially sponsor the Rabbit Hole Cafe.

"The director and the board of trustees would like to thank all the staff and volunteers for their efforts, over the past five years, as well as the loyal customers who have supported our mission.

"We look forward, in the not to distant future, to announcing some major new initiatives to further enhance the services that we offer to the population of Conwy County."

Almost 100 people took to social media to express sadness and disappointment at the news.

One person said: "So gutted for all concerned.myself and many of my family are vegan and the choices you offered us were amazing. Really hope things work out for you all."

Another added: "Gutted for the staff and everyone involved,my favourite place when visiting and one more said: "Very sad news and such a shame that you could not find funding for your wonderful venture."