Keith Williams, director of Town & Country Inns, has told M&C Report the company is in talks to sell its five-strong Apres bar chain as it focusses on rolling out its Fleet Street Kitchen.

He said Town & Country was close to securing a second Birmingham site for Fleet Street Kitchen and was in talks with investors over opening several sites in London.

He said the past few years had been dominated by a restructuring of the company and a legal issue with Barclays Bank which was settled this year. However, he said Town & Country now had a “war chest for expansion” and was focussed on growth.

He said: “We are in discussions with a couple of people to take on the Apres brand. It is a strong model so there’s a lot of interest in it.

“We have got to the point where we feel more comfortable with our Fleet Street Kitchen model, which has huge potential. We took our time with it but we have got to a point now where we feel it’s ready to be rolled out.

“We butcher the meat in front of the diner and then cook it on Barbacoa grill. It’s something different and a lot of people are interested in the indoor barbecue model.”