John Winder and Gary Douglas, the Cloverleaf founders, have told MCA their joint venture with Joseph Holt – Touchwood Restaurants - has now reached a conclusion.

After successfully developing five greenfield and existing sites over the last three years, these pub restaurants and a number of additional pipeline sites have now all been transferred back into the recently created Pub Restaurant Division within Joseph Holt, they told MCA.

Richard Kershaw, chief executive of Joseph Holt, said: “As a result of our joint venture, the company is now in a stronger position going forwards and I am very grateful to John and Gary for all their assistance”.

Winder said: “”Gary and I wish Richard and his team well in the next stages of the development of their business and we are pleased to have been able to help them execute these strategic changes.”