Polpo co-founder Russell Norman has stepped down from his role as director.

Announcing the news on Twitter, chief food critic at Bloomberg Richard Vines said a Companies House filing has revealed that “Norman’s directorship of Polpo has been terminated.”

Norman later said on Instagram: “I resigned as director of Polpo Ltd in June for reasons that I will happily talk about when the time is right. Or maybe when the time is wrong. Or maybe not at all. But it was my decision and I thought about it long and hard before doing it. My Magic 8-Ball came in handy too.

“My business partner and I are still sole joint-shareholders of Polpo Ltd but I have no operational involvement in the restaurants. We continue to work together on other projects. It’s a simple as that.

“In the meantime, I’m continuing to write, I have a couple of cookbooks lined up, I’m growing all manner of Italian chicories in Pluckley in Kent, I’m bloody inundated with courgettes, I’m attempting to set up a small business in Venice (NOT a restaurant!)…”

Last year, Polpo underwent a company voluntary agreement following a combination of over-investment in head office infrastructure and focus on “expensive but ultimately ineffective” marketing initiatives in 2018.

At the time, it put its Polpetto sites in Soho and Notting Hill Gate up for sale.

It has since placed two of its London sites – Farringdon and Covent Garden – on the market, as well as closing its remaining regional site in Brighton.

The brand currently operates two remaining sites – In Soho’s Beak Street, which reopened last week, and Chelsea’s Duke of York Square.