TESCO has flatly denied a story circulating in Taunton that the company plans to buy the former Master Thatcher pub in Severn Drive.

A story has been cirulating on social media over recent weeks suggesting the supermarket giant had been negotiating a deal to take on the building.

A spokesman for Tesco scotched rumours that it had been in talks with Palmers Brewery about buying the premises in a £1.7million deal.

A post on social media claimed that work would start in 2020 to convert the former pub, which closed last August, into a shop as part of a £3million project.

The Tesco spokesman said: "There is absolutely no truth in that rumour."