Brunning & Price, the 52-strong, The Restaurant Group-owned pub operator, is set to further increase its presence in the south east, with an opening in Buckinghamshire.

The company, which is set to soon open the Old Courthouse on the former Jamie’s Italian site in Cheltenham, has secured the Loch Fyne in Beaconsfield that was recently closed by Greene King.

The sale of the site leaves Greene King with an estate of 33 Loch Fyne restaurants. The brewer and pub operator paid just over £68m to acquire the premium casual dining chain in August 2007, when it comprised of 36 sites.

Last September, TRG chief executive Andy McCue promised “increased resources focussing on growing the estate”.

He told MCA: “We think Brunning & Price could penetrate a wide geographic footprint. A key inhibitor was the amount of resources focussed on it. We have made that investment. It takes time for a pipeline of this nature to develop as these are quite distinctive properties - we are not just picking stuff up off the high street. We’re happy with progress so far and looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Last November, MCA reported that Olgun Remzi, the founder of Miso, the London-based noodle concept, had secured the Loch Fyne site in Sevenoaks, Kent, for a burger concept.

At the start of last year, Greene King appointed former Boparan Ventures chief executive Joe Teixeira to head up its Loch Fyne division.

Smokehouse and bar concept The Forge Kitchen recently launched at the former Loch Fyne site in Ipswich, which Greene King closed in October.