A family-run deli has taken the “painful and sad decision” to close its doors after 11 years.

Limone Fine Foods in Highgate High Street has announced it is “time to close the doors” in a notice put at the shop front.

Instead, the site is set to become a new bubble tea shop, selling bubble tea, birthday cakes, Chinese herbal teas, coffees and desserts.

Emine Gokturk, the owner of Limone, explained that “ultimately, family and health have to come first.”

The notice read: “It’s been an incredible journey with many highs and lows. We survived Brexit, the dreaded pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis.

“I’ve met and made friends with such lovely people, including staff.

“Hopefully you will appreciate the contribution and memories Limone has created for this village and of course the delicious products and Xmas Panettones!”

It concluded: “I would like to thank each and everyone of you for the loyal support and friendship over the years.”

No official date has been set for the new bubble tea shop, on the front door it says “coming soon”.