The Ivy Collection, the fast-growing, Richard Caring-backed group, is eyeing an opening in Cardiff, MCA understands.

The 18-strong company is understood to be lining up a site in The Hayes, which is part of the Morgan Quarter scheme in the city.

As revealed by MCA last week, the company is believed to be the latest operator to try to secure the former Post Office site in the city’s Ship Street for what would become The Ivy Brighton Brasserie. TGI Friday’s and Cote have also previously been in talks to take the site.

The group will take its estate of Brasseries/Grills and Cafes to 20 sites by the end of this year, with the opening of The Ivy Montpelier Brasserie in Cheltenham this week, on 13 December and The Ivy St Helen’s Square in York the very next day.

It will open its first site of 2018, The Ivy Castle View, in Guildford.

The concept, which has already secured sites in Dublin and Leeds for next year, will open the Ivy Cambridge Brasserie at 16 Trinity Street in Cambridge city centre next spring.

The concept will open a site in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter scheme next year, joining the development’s existing dining offer, which includes CAU, le Pain Quotidien and two D&D London rooftop restaurants Issho and East 59th.

At the same time, The Ivy have been given the green light to open in Dublin.

It will be the first of the Ivy Collection’s restaurants to be located outside of the UK. The company has signed a 20-year lease for No 1 Molesworth Street, which is currently under construction.

The group also has openings lined up in openings lined up in Exeter, Canary Wharf, Birmingham and Winchester. It also believed to be in talks on a site in Glasgow.

It also has the opening of its fifth Ivy Café lined up for Blackheath.