Koh Group, operator of the Koh Thai Tapas and Koh Noi concepts, has announced it has secured a site for the former format in the Hampshire town of Lymington.

The 11-strong company, which recently opened in Romsey, has secured the former La Vina site in the town from the Casual Dining Group, with an opening planned before the end of the year.

The announcement follows successful openings in Winchester and Romsey this summer, as well as the launch of Salisbury earlier in the year.

The company said it was on target to achieve its five-year plan of creating a 40-restaurant estate.

“The vibrant and bustling coastal port town of Lymington has been in our sights for some time now and we are delighted with the acquisition,” said Andrew Lennox, Koh Thai Tapas chief executive and founder.

“We know that our loyal Lymington fans who travel regularly to get their KTT fix at our Ringwood and Christchurch branches, will be excited to hear of our opening. The site itself is extraordinary, with bags of character and an outdoor space which will set us apart from competitors in the town centre.”

Kevin Marsh of Savills acted as an agent on the deal, which has taken over 24 months of negotiations to complete.

Giggling Squid had previously been in advanced talks to take the site.