The news that a much-loved fast food restaurant in Marlow will close by the end of this year has received a mixed reaction, with one resident branding it the “end of an era”.

Wimpy, in the High Street, will close its doors at the end of the year due to “escalating” rents in the town centre, with the building now listed for sale for offers in excess of £1.5 million.

Marlovians reacted to the news, with some welcoming the closure and others lamenting it.

Penny North said: “So sad, it’s the end of an era,” while Alison Reed commented: “Must admit haven't had a Wimpy for years but feel it’s a shame and I was also loving the irony of if being right next to the Ivy. Always made me smile.”

And Paul Tyler said: “Let’s have another coffee shop or pub no locals can afford,” while Debra Jones added: “They can't close it, it’s [a] part of Marlow’s history.”

But some welcomed the news, with Mat Winn saying: “Not eaten Wimpy in years. So much more choice and better out there.”

Anita Avery commented: “Wimpy closing its doors due to “escalating rent”, what about the “escalating prices” they charge for their food.”

Wimpy UK’s general manager Chris Woolsenden said the burger joint would not be renewing its current lease and is now looking for a new premises within the town, where its headquarters are also based.

He added that all the staff based at the Marlow branch will be offered jobs at other Wimpy restaurants.