Patisserie Holdings, the parent company of Patisserie Valerie, and Soho Coffee, the operator of the eponymous brand and the Apostrophe concept, have acquired sites from the former Maison Blanc estate, MCA understands.

MCA has learnt that the Paul May-led Patisserie Holdings has acquired four of the former 13-strong Maison Blanc, including sites in Chiswick, Oxford and Winchester, with all set to be converted to one of its brands.

At the same time Soho Coffee, which operates c30 sites under its core brand, is believed to have picked up the majority of the rest of the estate.

The majority of the Maison Blanc estate was closed in March.

Last September, MCA revealed that Maison Blanc, the patisserie chain founded by Raymond Blanc,had appointed advisors as part of a strategic review of its 13 sites and production facility.

The business, which was acquired by the Kout Food Group in 2007, appointed Davis Coffer Lyons to handle the review, which covered its entire estate, including the Park Royal Production Facility in London.

The group operated sites in Chiswick; Fulham; Hampstead; Muswell Hill; Holland Park; St John’s Wood; Oxford; Henley; Farnham; Burford; Winchester; Guildford and Chichester.

At one stage, Patisserie Holdings was in talks to acquire the whole of the business, excluding the production facility.

Soho Coffee currently operates c30 stores under its core brand, as well as seven in airports both domestic and international. There are five Euphorium Bakery sites and c20 sites in the Apostrophe estate.