Ollie Dabbous, whose eponymous restaurant won its first Michelin star eight months after opening in 2012, has applied to operate a new restaurant and bar venture on the Curryleaf site in London’s Fitzrovia under the name Barnyard, M&C Report has learnt.

The chef is also believed to working on a 12,000sq ft restaurant project and has been previously linked to opening a joint venture with contract caterer Compass at Somerset House.

The Charlotte Street-based Barnyard will be an informal restaurant and bar “serving wholesome comfort food in a relaxed and upbeat environment” and will be designed to be “frequented by families during the day and early afternoon, and by young adults in the evening and night”.

M&C Report revealed last year that Dabbous has trademarked the name Barnyard and set up a new company Barnyard Restaurants.

Dabbous and fellow Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell have been linked with the two available units at Somerset House. Restaurant operators are being sought for the New Wing at the listed Grade 1 property.

Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL) has been appointed to seek operators for two new units at the Strand and River facing New Wing at the historic property, which already counts Tom Aiken’s Tom’s Kitchen, Tom’s Deli and Fernandez and Wells as tenants.

Dabbous said earlier this year that Ross Gibbens current head chef of his eponymous site, would take the helm of his new venture once a location was found.