Polpo, the Luke Bishop-led group, has secured its first site in the South West, after acquiring a site in the city’s Whiteladies Road.

The nine-strong group will open later this summer where Greek restaurant Entelia currently stands.

Co-founder Russell Norman told the Bristol Post: “I often wonder how differently my life would have turned out had I got into Bristol University in 1985. Instead, I flunked A-Level French and ended up at Sunderland Polytechnic, but Bristol still holds a magic and a fascination for me.

“It is a wonderful city full of beauty, culture, and charm, and we are extremely lucky to have found a site for Polpo on Whiteladies Road. We can’t wait to open our doors this summer and welcome fans of good food, good wine, Venetian spritz and old-school hospitality.”

Last year, group, which was founded by Norman and Richard Beatty, secured a £2m loan from RBS that combined with cashflow will allow it to add up six to eight sites over the next two years.

It has been eyeing a site in Bath, but is believed to have pulled out of negotiations on a unit near the city’s train station.

Norman told MCA last year that the group was focussing on ‘shoulder areas’ of London and the regions as its expansion continues.

It is set to open a site in Lewisham, which will open under the Polpo banner but will represent a further evolution of the brand, which could include a pizza offer.