Hubbox, the Cornwall-based burger and barbecue business, has confirmed its plans to grow to 18 - 20 sites by the end of 2021 as well as making some improvements to its existing estate.

The Richard Boon-led, Provenance Investment Partners-backed company will open its seventh site this Friday in Taunton.

Hubbox Taunton, which is located on North Street, comprises of a 80 cover bar and dining area on the ground floor and a 70 cover bar & dining room on the first floor which can also be privately hired.

The group also confirmed that it will be relocating its business in Exeter to significantly larger premises next month having taken on the former Rum and Crab Shack site on Catherine Street. The new Exeter site will comprise of an 80 cover bar and dining area on the ground floor and a further 70 cover dining area at first floor. There is also a 44 cover first floor roof terrace.

In addition it is understood the company will be upsizing its flagship site in St Ives in early 2019 following the acquisition of a neighbouring restaurant. The enlarged St Ives site will feature separate bar and dining areas and will see the seated capacity increase to 170 internally and 50 covers externally.

It is understood deals have been agreed on a further four sites with a site in Barnstaple, Devon expected to open in the first half of 2019. MCA understands that a further site in Plymouth, at the Royal William Yard scheme, and a site in Swansea are both under consideration.

Boon said, “It’s an exciting time for Hubbox, we have pipelined some fantastic sites which will include great bars featuring beers and ciders from some of the Southwest’s finest breweries”.

“We’ve also been working on some exciting innovation to the menu and new to Hubbox are our bespoke-made charcoal barbecue grills, which will see us offering a Hubbox take on surf and turf with barbequed meats from Philip Warren our butcher and seafood from Matthew Stevens of St Ives alongside our usual Hubbox favourites”.

“Our goal is to bring some of Cornwall’s beach barbecue vibe coupled with our unique relaxed attitude to the Southwest and beyond.”