Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd, which operated the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire, has been put into voluntary liquidation after running up debts of almost half a million pounds.

The firm, which was a subsidiary of chef Alan Murchison’s 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, was left with unpaid bills totalling £447,209.

According to a report filed at Companies House, HM revenue & Customs is owed almost £165,000, while the Bank of Scotland  is due a payment of over £90,000. Other company among the 50-plus list of creditors include AA Linen Services (£4,959), Bibendum Wine (£28,887) and Raeburn Fine Wines (£11,045).

Earlier this year, L’Ortolan’s freehold was put on the market for £1.3m by its owner, Peter Newman. Newman has since taken over the running of the Reading-based restaurant, with Murchison remaining as head chef.

The liquidation follows a somewhat challenging period for Murchison, who has seen a number of restaurant agreements come to an end and sites close in the past year.