Ladhar Group, the privately-owned Newcastle-based pub and club operator, is to launch a new food-led concept in the City of London.

The group is to open Number One City Road Bar & Grill - just north of Moorgate - later this month. The new venue will comprise 140 covers.

Chris Knight, operations director, said the concept was a British version of Gaucho Grill and could represent the first of a number of sites in London operated by Ladhar.

He said: “The location of the restaurant is great and we feel the concept taps into a gap in the market.”