It is a case of one in and one out for Giggling Squid, the fast-growing chain of Thai restaurants, which has secured a further site in Esher, but also announced the imminent closure of its unit in Crawley.

The group has secured a yet-unnamed site in Esher, a third Surrey site for the group and it’s first inside the M25, which will open this October after a £100k refit.

Founder Andrew Laurillard said: “Crawley was the only site we’ve had that never really got going and it has always been slightly marginal. It made more sense for us to focus on the 11 winners and the new sites in the pipeline than invest lots of time trying to keep it above water.”

Staff from the Crawley site will be deployed elsewhere within the group.

Earlier this year, the group, which has 16 sites either trading or set to open, secured a further former Prezzo site and its first in Suffolk, after acquiring the Chimichanga in Bury St Edmunds.

Esher is at the centre of the Elmbridge Borough of Surrey, which, according to reports, pays more income tax than the whole of Scotland and the North of England combined. “Despite the wealthy customer base, we felt the area really lacked for good places to EAT,” said Pranee Laurillard who co owns the restaurant group with her husband Andrew. “We lived a few miles down the road in Oxshott for a couple of years and usually ended up in Wimbledon when we wanted something decent.”

In addition to the four confirmed pipeline sites in Guildford, Billericay, Bury St Edmonds and Bath, there are also three further new units the group is currently conveyancing.

The company, which recently appointed Grant Thornton to oversee a sales process, is on course to have a nationwide estate of 50-70 UK restaurants within five to seven years.

It recently acquired the former Prezzo sites in Bath and Billericay.

Richard Negus at AG&G acted on the Esher deal.