Carluccio’s grew UK turnover by 2.7% to £140.9m in the year to 26 September but EBITDA fell from £15m the year before to £13.2m.

At the year end, the group had 118 sites across the UK, Ireland, US, Middle East and Turkey.

The period saw the group’s first new generation restaurant open in Spitalfields and its first hotel-based site launch at Marriott Regent’s Park.

Carluccio’s said that investment in the estate had continuedin the current year with the opening of nine new generation restaurants and the accelerated refurbishment of Carluccio’s older restaurants

The company said the recently opened Solihull and York restaurants were trading beyond forecast.

It has also made substantial investments in IT and new training programmes.

Chief executive Neil Wickers said: “Despite the strong headwinds facing the industry, including business rate increases, labour costs and food cost pressures, we are strongly committed to investing in our estate, menu and team. We are confident that our unique brand proposition and our increased focus on the quality and authenticity of food will continue to resonate with diners.”