ONE of the conurbation's favourite fish and chip shops has closed until early December for an extensive refurbishment.

Chez Fred in Westbourne boasts queues out of the door most evenings.

The Westborne takeaway and restaurant was even once described as serving the 'best fish and chips in the world' by none other than Hollywood star Jack Black.

And last year owner Fred Capel was recognised with the national Caterway Award For Outstanding Achievement at the National Fish & Chip Awards.

On its temporary closure, a restaurant spokesman explained: "Whilst we've continually maintained and improved the premises since we first opened in 1989, the restaurant and takeaway are now in need of an overhaul to stand us in good stead for many years to come.

"Of course, some things won't be changing - same owners, same quality food, same great value...and the same friendly service.

"But with a brand spanking new premises, we're looking forward to offering fifty per cent more seating in the restaurant, a larger, more efficient takeaway and, best of all, a lovely setting for all of our takeaway and restaurant customers to enjoy."

In December 2013 the Daily Echo reported how celebrity Jack Black, who was in town for a sold-out performance at the O2 Academy with band Tenacious D, trekked for more than an hour to the chippy, after it was recommended to him earlier that day.

The actor later hailed his meal to the crowds during his evening concert.

Chez Fred was established by Fred and his dad Peter more than quarter of a century ago.

The restaurant website states: "We have continually strived to improve, gaining recognition as Britain's best fish and chip chop along the way, without ever getting carried away.

"For us there always has been and always will be room for improvement."

Fred added: "We are doing as much as we can to tell people we are closed until early December. The works are going really well, normally when you rip everything out you can get a few nightmares, but we are doing really well. I optimistic we'll be open come December."