Boparan Restaurant Group has confirmed that it has appointed KPMG at advise on its options for its under-performing brands, Ed’s Easy Diner and Giraffe.

The company told MCA: “BRG operates a portfolio of restaurant brands most of which are trading well despite some of the most difficult trading conditions seen in the UK for some time. Whilst we have some star brands, we have one or two that are performing less well. We are therefore looking at a number of options and have hired KPMG to advise.”

It is understood that all options – including sale or consolidation of the brands – remains on the table, with the remaining portfolio – including Harry Ramsden’s, Fishworks and Slim Chickens (for which Boparan has the master in the UK) – unaffected by the move.

Boparan acquired the Giraffe business from Tesco in 2016 in a deal which valued the brand a c£13m. Since then the estate has dropped from 54 to 44 restaurants in the UK and five internationally. The majority operate under the core model with handful of Burger & Cocktail sites and the more grab and go focussed Giraffe Stop.

In the same year, Boparan acquired 33 Ed’s sites in a pre-pack deal for just under £9m. That estate has since shrunk to 24, with the original Ed’s in Soho this month converted to the Slim Chickens brand.