Chris Bodker, chief executive of the privately owned Moving/Mirror Image Restaurants, wants to buy The Ivy and Le Caprice but he’s not optimistic.

He tells The Daily Telegraph: “We won’t overpay, but I suspect there will be people who’ll pay more than us.”

He says it is unfortunate because he thinks he could be a very sensitive owner of the celebrated London restaurants.

The Daily Telegraph 12/10/02 page 34