A fish and chip van owner, who moved from Sri Lanka in 1992, has said he is "delighted" to run a portable fast food van, catering for six different places, across six days.

Renu Ramanathan moved to the UK in the midst of the Sri Lankan Civil War and moved to London, where he worked in a convenience store for seven years.

In 1999, Mr Ramanathan got his first taste of selling fish and chips in London, which he did for three years before moving to Colchester and buying his own convenience store.

He went back to fish and chips in 2020, opening White Gold Fish and Chips, because he "always fancies fast food".

East Anglian Daily Times: The van that visits six villagesThe van that visits six villages (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Mr Ramanathan said: "By 2020, I had three businesses, but now I just run the convenience store in Colchester, and of course, I love fast food, so I do this as well."

He takes his van to six different villages across Suffolk and Essex, one for each day of the week excluding Sunday.

He said: "I am delighted I get to take my van to places where they may not have anywhere they can get food like this.

"They have to travel if they want it, so with this, I get to take my business to them, and as it is once a week, it is a treat for them."

East Anglian Daily Times: Renu RamanathanRenu Ramanathan (Image: Charlotte Bond)

"I also help people with disabilities and elderly people by doing home deliveries as no extra charge."

Renu and his brother Shiv do this every week and do also do event catering.

The villages in which White Gold Fish and Chips visit are:

  • Monday - Rendlesham - 4pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday - Finningham - 4pm-9pm
  • Wednesday - Old Newton - 4pm-6.30pm
  • Wednesday - Haughley - 6.40pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday - Great Horkesley - 4pm-8.30pm
  • Friday - West Bergholt - 4pm-9pm
  • Saturday - Kirton - 4pm-8.30pm

East Anglian Daily Times: Renu went into selling fish and chips because he loves fast foodRenu went into selling fish and chips because he loves fast food (Image: Charlotte Bond)