Cote, the French brasserie chain, is set to further strengthen its presence in London, after acquiring the Cattle Grid site in Battersea Rise.

The company recently opened its 50th site in Bury St Edmunds and will shortly open in Marlow and Wokingham. It has also secured further sites in Cobham, Muswell Hill and Bishop Stortford.

The sale of the Battersea site leaves Cattle Grid, the fast-casual steakhouse chain, with three sites in London and one in Leeds. Its site at the Rotunda, Kingston, is currently on the market through Davis Coffer Lyons.

Co-founder Steve Novak said Cote had given the company “an offer they couldn’t refuse”.

Novak and other Cattle Grid founder Shaun Grey, who are also behind chicken-led concept Poulet Rouge, are set to open a new pub format in London’s Earlsfield later this summer.

Novak told M&C Report that The Earlsfield, which will open in Garratt Lane, will have the “essence of Cattle Grid, but include food from the rest of the farm”. The 3,500sq ft site will also feature Sky Sports and an extensive drinks range.

Steve Bagatti at Selsian acted on the Battersea Rise deal.