Chris Stagg has stepped down as deputy managing director of The Restaurant Group’s food-led pub business Brunning & Price (B&P), M&C Report understands.

Stagg joined B&P in the summer of 2012 after spending 12 years at Hall & Woodhouse, including stints as regional director and most recently head of operations. He is currently doing some consultancy work while also exploring other opportunities in the sector.

His departure comes after the appointment earlier this year of Mary Willcock, the ex-managing director of the Stonegate-owned Slug & Lettuce chain, as B&P’s new managing director.

Willcock took over from co-founder Graham Price in February.

Last week, TRG said it believed there is potential to eventually grow its pub restaurant estate to over 200 sites.

In a presentation to analysts on the back of its interim results, the group said there were excellent opportunities to grow its pub restaurant business, which currently stands at 49 sites, including 28 freeholds. It hopes to open four to six new pub restaurants in 2014.

In June last year, TRG which acquired the then 14-strong B&P business in 2007 for £32m, jointly appointed AG&G and Christie + Co to initially find acquisition opportunities inside the M25 and within B&P’s current heartlands of the North West and the South East.