Customers arriving at a town centre restaurant were left puzzled after being greeted by a sign which said the business was closed because the chef had ‘run off’.

The sign on the door of the Thai Smile on Market Street over the weekend with the restaurant shut.

It read ‘We have to closing down because chef running away’.

Pictures of the sign were posted on social networking site Twitter on Sunday. One user listed as @Chorleybabe, said: “Check out the notice on the door of Thai Smile restaurant on Market St, I had to giggle lol.”

Nobody from the restaurant could be contacted.