Carlisle's gourmet burger restaurant has closed due to lack of interest.

Belted, in Warwick Road, opened in the former post office building in 2014 to much fanfare.

Despite high hopes - and having what the company described as one of the best locations in the city - the firm has confirmed it has called it a day and closed the city branch.

Bosses say they instead plan to focus their attention on larger cities to develop its brand.

A private agreement has been reached between the burger chain and Burge Halston Ltd, which owns the building, to take back the premises.

In a statement issued to the News & Star , a spokesman for Belted said: "Belted is now closed having enjoyed three years looking after the good people of Carlisle and beyond.

"180,000 burgers later, Belted is handing its lease back to the landlords, Burge Halston, due to the lack of viability.

"With agreeably one of the best locations in Carlisle, Belted will look to develop the Brand in bigger cities."

It added: "Thank you for all the good times."

Simon Harrison, director of the Halston and speaking on behalf of Burge Halston Ltd, told the News & Star : "The directors of Burge Halston Ltd have come to a private arrangement to take back the premises previously occupied by Belted and to incorporate it into its expansion plans for its award winning Halston Apart-Hotel."

The Edinburgh-based firm says that anyone who has outstanding vouchers for Belted Burger is welcome to use them in its Scottish restaurant.