Whitbread’s high street steak restaurant brand Bar + Block has announced it has openings lined in Wimbledon and Reading in early 2019, and hints at more to come, MCA has learnt.

These follow previously announced openings lined up for Aldgate (68 Alie Street) – its second in London – and Leamington Spa (154-156 Parade), which will open in October and November, respectively.

Bar + Block will then open on Reading Road, Winnersh and 153-163 The Broadway in Wimbledon next year.

All four are located next to existing and new Premier Inn hotels, and will offer an all-day trading format.

Chief marketing officer of Whitbread Restaurants, Nathalie Pomroy said: “We are delighted to be opening more Bar + Block restaurants as part of our growth strategy.

“We are in discussions on further locations and believe 2018/19 will be a transformational year for Bar + Block.”

The new openings will bring the brand’s portfolio up to nine. MCA has previously reported that a site in Durham is in the offing, as part of the multi-million pound Milburngate development, while it was revealed earlier this month that plans have been submitted to Edinburgh City Council to add a Bar + Block to the Premier Inn site on Princes Street.