The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has confirmed the locations of the 12 UK branches it is closing following its strategic review.

The restaurants set to close are: Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Greenwich, Harrogate, Kingston, Milton Keynes, Piccadilly Diner, Reading, St Albans and Threadneedle St.

Under the terms of the proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which is being handled by AlixPartners, the company is also seeking a 30% cut in the rent at eight further marginal sites. Creditors have until February 9 to vote on the proposals.

Jon Knight, chief executive of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, said: “This was a not an easy decision but it’s a crucial step to ensure our strong and much-loved brand can continue to serve our loyal customers.

“We will look to redeploy as many staff as possible within the wider restaurant group. All staff impacted will be paid fully and all our obligations to them fulfilled. We’re incredibly grateful to the dedication and hard work of every single member of staff.”

The group stressed that the remaining 25 sites in the UK would be unaffected by the decision and would continue to trade normally.

The group confirmed earlier this month that it was exploring plans to restructure its Jamie’s Italian restaurant estate in the UK.

MCA reported in October that the group was is in the early stages of working with AlixPartners on its strategy. It followed the departure of long-time chief executive Simon Blagden, with former international managing director, Knight, taking on his responsibilities.