Harris + Hoole, the Tesco-backed chain, could eventually look at expansion opportunities overseas, according to its chief executive Nick Tolley.

Talking to M&C Report, Tolley said that he believed that in the longer term there is potential for the brand overseas, particularly in Eastern Europe.

Tesco currently operates in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

He also said that the group is getting ready to roll out payment by phone and is exploring the possibility of remote ordering so that consumers can have their coffee ready to pick up when they arrive at the shop.

The 30-strong group is looking to double its estate in the UK this year, with its first sites lined up in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent, plus further openings in West Sussex.

The group has lined up openings in Reading, Ely, Slough, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Braintree, Chichester, Burgess Hill, Maldon, Romford, Southend and Great Dunmow for this year.

In addition to the ongoing expansion of the brand through Tesco’s vast property portfolio, Tolley says that within the next 12 to 18 months, once he is confident there is a suitable version of the operating model, the group is likely make its transport hub debut.