Stuart Inns, the Suffolk-based gastropub operator, is being liquidated, MCA understands.

The company operated the Long Melford Swan and Duck Deli, The Hadleigh Ram, Lavenham Greyhound, and The Old Crown, a joint venture with Greene King Pub Partners.

The first three venues remain open after being sold, except for The Old Crown in Girton, Cambridgeshire, which closed late last year, and is currently being advertised on Greene King’s website for tenancy.

Stuart Inns was a family operation run by siblings Oliver Macmillan, Lorna Pissarro and Iain Macmillan.

It was 75% controlled by their father Andrew Macmillan via his business Orwell Financial Solutions.

A resolution to voluntarily wind up the company was made on 12 February with Darren Wilson of DKF Insolvency appointed liquidator.

A spokesperson for DKF said: “The company had been previously involved in a dispute with HMRC which had resulted in legal proceedings being instigated which the company had been defending. Unfortunately, the costs of defending these proceedings & increases to the living wage, pension contributions, increases in Business Rates, price increases due to imports with a weak pound and other increased costs, the business was unable to continue.

“Out of the four sites the company previously operated, one in Girton, Cambs, had already closed prior to the liquidators appointment. However, the remaining three sites have been sold and a number of jobs saved.”