A FISH and chip shop which has been serving the community for more than three decades has shut its doors for the last time.

Trawlerman Fish and Chips, in the Chineham Shopping Centre, has been operating for 35 years, serving the classic English dish as well as breakfasts to the community.

However, with the lease expiring, its owners retiring and potential redevelopment of the centre, the shop served its last portion on Saturday.

The business had been family-run for three generations and boasted a five-star Fish and Chip quality award, as well as winning a Good Chippy award in 2016 and a Quality Fryers Award.

The Trawlerman manager Jodie Tubb said: “We’ve had lots of regulars over the years, and the community have been lovely, people have come to see us as we are closing.

“While it was a difficult decision to make, I can understand the decision.

“I’ve been here for eight years and was here for the 30th anniversary five years ago, which was lovely.

“We have had notice about the decision and many of the staff have found other jobs, but have stayed to the end here, we have been very lucky.”

There are numerous regulars who came into the shop pick up their dishes who said they will miss the shop.

Michael Gillett made the journey on the bus from Tadley most weeks for several years to come to the shop.

Michael said: “It was a bit of a shock to hear that it would be closing. It’s a real shame to see it close.

“I’d give it 20 out of 20, they serve very good fish here, served by good people, and that makes all the difference.”