Gordon Ramsay has said the pandemic has so far cost his restaurant business close to £60m in lost revenue.

“In December, we had £10m worth of reservations wiped out overnight,” he told The Sun, with total revenue down £57.5m between 19 March 2020 and 3 February 2021.

He said the past year had been “a long haul” and that he’d been forced to use the government’s furlough scheme to save hundreds of jobs.

“Lockdowns have caused utter devastation,” said Ramsay. “Having been through so much with the 2008 financial crash, then terrorist attacks and 9/11, when Covid first hit, we all thought it would be over and done with in a couple of weeks. But it’s been long haul.”

In early December Ramsay had announced plans to expand his ‘street’ concept restaurant portfolio across London, with three openings set before the end of the year.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants most recent financial accounts, for the year to 31 August 2019, showed profit before tax was £15.2m. In addition to the furlough scheme, the accounts stated that the group had negotiated concessions from landlords across the estate, negotiated more flexible payment terms with key creditors and agreed waivers and secured additional funding from its banks.