Whitbread is looking to open a Bar + Block alongside an extended Premier Inn in Edinburgh city.

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, plans have recently been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council to change the use redevelop the lower ground, ground and first floors of the building at 121-123 Princes Street, where New Look is currently located.

The proposals seek to extend the existing Premier Inn (at 124 Princes Street), and to create a new 387sq metre restaurant at ground floor level.

Whitbread currently operates five Bar + Block restaurants, in London’s Kings Cross, Birmingham, Bath, Nottingham and Whiteley in Hampshire, with a new restaurant in Durham understood to be opening as part of the multi-million pound Milburngate development.

Whitbread chairman Alison Brittain has previously said that Bar + Block would appeal in metropolitan areas and an opportunity in future new builds in London and other big cities.