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Death of an East End institution

Filed: Saturday, 5th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

An 80-year-old family business is being forced to shut down having lost more than a third of its annual business following West Ham's move to Stratford in 2016.

Nathan's Pie & Eel shop, a regular match day haunt for many hundreds of Hammers fans often left queues trailing a hundred yards or more along Barking Road before a big home match, such was its popularity.

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However those days are no more since West Ham uprooted and made the move to Stratford - and the ensuing incurred losses have left the family-run firm with no alternative but to call it a day.

"After over 80 years trading in East Ham, we regret that the Nathan family have decided to retire from the Pie & Mash business," read a message posted on behalf of the family.

"On behalf of the management and staff we'd like to say a huge thank you to all customers old and new who have supported us over the many years we have been here. Out last day will be Saturday, 26 May 2018."

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"I will miss the smell of burgers bring cooked outside Ken's Cafe. I recall you would always have to arrive early, as tables were a rare commodity. Another favourite haunt was Nathan's Pie and Mash, located on Barking Road. The queues were there for a reason, traditional East End grub, a must before the game" - Matthew Kemp

This latest sad news follows the recent decision to close the Hammers Supporters Club in Castle Street; meanwhile many other long-established businesses located around West Ham Utd's former Upton Park home continue to feel the pinch having lost the match day trade they relied upon to remain viable concerns.

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