Could Brexit be the reason behind this legendary breakfast cafe's exit? The owner seems to think so.

Rod Ainge, 73, has owned and operated Eegons of Cowes for some 30 years, the cafe is well known for its gut-busting breakfasts and whopping eating challenges – England cricket star Freddie Flintoff even sat down to eat their during Cowes Week in 2015.

But after announcing the closure of the breakfast institution yesterday (Tuesday), Mr Ainge believes the nation's most pressing issue is to blame for the closure.

His landlord has decided to sell the High Street building but has given the cafe three months to continue trading into April. Mr Ainge thinks the landlord has been spooked at the thought of the Island's future economic prospects as the country edges closer to a deal or no deal Brexit.

"I'm down in the dumps a bit but the show's not over until the fat lady sings," said Mr Ainge. "I've had hundreds of positive reactions to our dilemma, I don't really know what to say, but I can see where my landlord is coming from... My landlord is an extremely nice bloke, so hopefully I can convince him to let us stay open until the end of the year.

"Cowes is dying a death, it's the same most places but I'll tell you what, it's the Brexit dilemma that has been the worst thing. I've had three customers this morning. People are holding on to their money.

"Everyone who voted for it is in a dilemma and everyone who voted against it is in dilemma."

Mr Ainge believes economic uncertainty about life after Brexit is hitting British businesses hard, but he's not going to lay down easy – adding he'll keep going until they 'carry me out in a box'.