The Real Greek’s like for like revenues are “slightly down” on last year, due to the heatwave comparative of last year, the restaurant’s chairman will tell its annual general meeting today.

At Fulham Shore stablemate Franco Manca, increased revenue is being driven by restaurant openings and increased customer numbers.

Total group revenues have increased compared to the same period last year, in the first 21 weeks of the current financial year, chairman David Page will report.

Overall, trading for the group “continues to be in line with management expectations”.

In the current financial year to date, Fulham Shore has opened five Franco Manca pizzerias: in Greenwich, Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds and Edinburgh, “all of which have started brightly”.

The 50th Franco Manca pizzeria is being built in Manchester and the 17th The Real Greek on the Strand in London, taking Fulham Shore’s restaurant portfolio to 67 restaurants in the UK, as well as one summer Franco Manca franchise in Italy.

Page will say: “We are in negotiations to secure a number of sites for the current and next financial year. As previously announced, we will continue our policy of funding new restaurant openings largely through internally generated cash flow. We continue to see more properties coming to the market at ever lower rents as a result of the current conditions in the wider property, retail and dining out sectors, and will continue to take advantage of these as and when is appropriate.”