Certainly one of Bristol’s oldest and most-cherished fish and chip outlets is closing this weekend.
Loyal followers of Kingsdown Fried Fish in Kingdown Parade have been left heartbroken on the information their beloved chippy is shutting for good, because the homeowners transfer on to pastures new.
Husband and spouse Chris and Natalia Ttooulis have been on the helm of the takeaway for many years, over which period they’ve constructed up a loyal following, particularly with close by residents because it’s the one enterprise of its nature within the space.
Not solely that nevertheless it additionally serves top quality meals at affordable costs, with a sausage and chips lunch deal setting prospects again simply £three being a shining instance of its worth for cash.
Natalia stated there’s a mixture of causes behind the closure, which takes place on the finish of tomorrow (March 16).
“We really feel like we have been right here lengthy sufficient and felt prefer it was time for a change,” she stated.
“Chris has been right here for 25 years and I have been right here for 10 years – it is a very long time.
“We’re we’re transferring to Cyprus, the place Chris is from, which is admittedly thrilling for us however we’re not fairly certain what we’ll do after we’re there but. It most likely will not contain fish and chips.
“Not solely that however we have seen that commerce is regularly dropping yearly, most likely due to new locations opening and supermarkets providing higher offers.
“The value of fish and different overheads like electrical and fuel are going up whereas fewer persons are coming by the doorways.
“To be sincere we predict impartial fish and chip outlets would possibly discover it powerful to outlive sooner or later, however that is solely our opinion.”
Previous to changing into a fish and chip store in 1921, Kingsdown Fried Fish was a fishmongers.
At its latest hygiene inspection in July 2018 it was rated 5/5, with its meals hygiene and security, structural compliance and confidence in administration all rated as ‘Good’.
Natalia added essentially the most tough facet of leaving has been saying goodbye to their loyal prospects.
She stated: “The factor we have appreciated most about working the store over all these years is the folks. They’ve made all of the onerous work value it.
“We have constructed up a reference to plenty of superb prospects and it may be actually unhappy leaving them.
“We actually respect all of the assist they’ve proven us, however it is time to transfer on.”