Koh Thai Tapas, the Thai restaurant operator, is currently agreeing heads of terms on sites in Lymington and Salisbury and is in negotiations on a further four sites, M&C Report has learnt.

The group, led by Andy Lennox, is planning to open three to four sites each year for the next five years. Lennox said the group is “looking across the country from Cheltenham and all across the south.”

The group will open more Koi Noi sites, its smaller tapas format, following the successful opening of the second restaurant in Christchurch, Dorset, in the summer. Lennox said the group has changed its opening strategy away from opening one large, one medium and one small restaurant for every three new openings to focus on a two to one small to large restaurant ratio.

He said the recently opened Koh Noi is performing “fantastically well” and both it and Sandbanks, Poole, are “trading unbelievably well”.

“The no bookings policy, which we worried might not work outside of London, has worked really well and we will definitely be rolling-out more next year,” Lennox said.

Meanwhile the group has officially launched an outside catering service which it will promote alongside the restaurants.