Chinese takeaway Dunhuang House, in High Street, Wanstead, to close after four decades

Owner Carol Man with head chef Ying Fook Wong.

Owner Carol Man with head chef Ying Fook Wong.

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A Chinese takeaway restaurant dubbed a “feature of Wanstead” is closing after nearly four decades.

Dunhuang House in High Street is closing on Friday with owner Carol Man and head chef Ying Fook Wong both retiring.

Mrs Man, of Gloucester Road, took over the business 26 years ago and kept its original name.

The 52-year-old admitted the business was forced to sell up because of a dip in business due to a delivery service not being offered.

She also said a lack of adequate parking for customers in the area was also a factor.

The Mother-of-three said: “Wanstead is a lovely place but business has really dipped in the past decade. There is no parking which causes trouble for our customers.

“We also just did not keep up with technological advances. I am from a generation who are scared of computers and we don’t do deliveries.

“The business has been struggling so I made the decision to sell up.

"It is so sad and no one wanted to leave, but we have no choice.

“I love my customers and we have developed relationships with all of them.

"I will still be living in Wanstead and still hope to see people around.”

David Vine, of Gordon Road, has been a regular customer at the takeaway restaurant since he moved to Wanstead in 1980.

The 72-year-old said: “It was the first place I got food from in Wanstead, back when there were hardly any restaurants here.

“It is a high quality Chinese takeaway with pleasant members of staff so I am very sorry it is closing down.

“It became a feature of Wanstead and I grew particularly fond of it.”

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6:30pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jackblack007 says...

she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries

short sighted ,
she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries short sighted , jackblack007
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7:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries

short sighted ,
Yes there is always some know all like you telling people how to run their business. Why don't yo make them an offer? No, thought not.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries short sighted ,[/p][/quote]Yes there is always some know all like you telling people how to run their business. Why don't yo make them an offer? No, thought not. Villagecranberry
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8:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14

parkingtrouble says...

jackblack007 wrote:
she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries

short sighted ,
+1

Surely the kids could have helped with the technolgy?

Just Eat have reported a big increase in profits.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: she could've employed 2/3 motor cyclists at the weekend to do deliveries short sighted ,[/p][/quote]+1 Surely the kids could have helped with the technolgy? Just Eat have reported a big increase in profits. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 3

9:36am Wed 13 Aug 14

Sharlott says...

Myself and my daughter were I'll after eating from there a few years back. I'm sure we're not the only ones. Vowed never to return.
Myself and my daughter were I'll after eating from there a few years back. I'm sure we're not the only ones. Vowed never to return. Sharlott
  • Score: -1

10:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sharlott wrote:
Myself and my daughter were I'll after eating from there a few years back. I'm sure we're not the only ones. Vowed never to return.
What did you have?
[quote][p][bold]Sharlott[/bold] wrote: Myself and my daughter were I'll after eating from there a few years back. I'm sure we're not the only ones. Vowed never to return.[/p][/quote]What did you have? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Sharlott says...

It was a Xmas eve and we had Prawn Balls. They seemed to have been re-cooked a few times and we should not have eaten them. I don't think we finished them. What angered me was that it almost ruined our Christmas. I was to I'll to do my daughters stocking. Would never usually eat like this on Xmas eve, but we were out on a walk and thought what the heck. Ha ha.
It was a Xmas eve and we had Prawn Balls. They seemed to have been re-cooked a few times and we should not have eaten them. I don't think we finished them. What angered me was that it almost ruined our Christmas. I was to I'll to do my daughters stocking. Would never usually eat like this on Xmas eve, but we were out on a walk and thought what the heck. Ha ha. Sharlott
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

Sharlott wrote:
It was a Xmas eve and we had Prawn Balls. They seemed to have been re-cooked a few times and we should not have eaten them. I don't think we finished them. What angered me was that it almost ruined our Christmas. I was to I'll to do my daughters stocking. Would never usually eat like this on Xmas eve, but we were out on a walk and thought what the heck. Ha ha.
My advice would be to not eat anything that does not actually exist - eg Prawn Balls, Chicken Nuggets, Turkey Ham, Fish Sticks etc. Sorry to hear about your stockings but if you are hungry on Christmas Eve in future, pop down to the local church where Bread and Wine are freely available
[quote][p][bold]Sharlott[/bold] wrote: It was a Xmas eve and we had Prawn Balls. They seemed to have been re-cooked a few times and we should not have eaten them. I don't think we finished them. What angered me was that it almost ruined our Christmas. I was to I'll to do my daughters stocking. Would never usually eat like this on Xmas eve, but we were out on a walk and thought what the heck. Ha ha.[/p][/quote]My advice would be to not eat anything that does not actually exist - eg Prawn Balls, Chicken Nuggets, Turkey Ham, Fish Sticks etc. Sorry to hear about your stockings but if you are hungry on Christmas Eve in future, pop down to the local church where Bread and Wine are freely available jonny mash
  • Score: 2

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