Rory Marthinusen, formerly of Brasserie Blanc, has joined River Cottage Canteen, the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall-backed group, as its new managing director.

Marthinusen left Brasserie Blanc last year after 12 months as managing director after previously being the chain’s operations director for three years. He left following the completion of a full refurbishment programme of Brasserie Blanc and 12 years with the business.

He joins River Cottage Canteen as its looks to consolidate its estate and drive growth into other areas.

That consolidation has seen it close its site in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, leaving it with three sites in Bristol, Winchester and Axminster.

A spokesperson for River Cottage said: “We have taken the difficult decision to close our Plymouth Canteen after six years of trading in the great city.

“We have struggled with the site throughout and following the arrival of Rory Marthinusen, our new managing director of River Cottage Canteen, we are focused on consolidation and growth in other areas.

“We are embarking on a new stage of the business including development at HQ and a collaboration with the renowned caterers Levy.

“We are extremely proud of the team who worked so hard for us and are hoping to offer the opportunity of relocation to our other Canteens in Bristol, Winchester and Axminster where appropriate positions are available.

“It has been a pleasure to be part of Royal William Yard and we want to thank the suppliers, producers and local community for supporting us.”