Steak restaurant Middletons is to open its eighth restaurant in the former Jamie’s Italian Trattoria on Chelmsford high street in Essex.

Middletons Steakhouse and Grill, which has restaurants in the Peterborough, Leicester, Watford, King’s Lynn, Colchester, Norwich and Milton Keynes, has submitted plans to Chelmsford City Council, which are awaiting approval.

The Jamie Oliver restaurant was one of 12 that closed earlier this year following its successful Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

The Middlestons brand is owned and operated by East Anglia based pub group Gastro Pubs Ltd.