Theo Randall, the former Michelin-starred River Café chef, has been eyeing restaurant opportunities in Manchester, for a smaller, more casual concept

Randall told the Manchester Evening News, that he had looked at several sites in the city centre and given ‘serious consideration’ to one near Piccadilly station.

He said wanted to open a smaller, more casual venue, focusing on food to share.

The chef said: “I love Manchester. I think there are some very interesting places there. The whole dining scene is spreading out of London now and Manchester is the UK’s second city, so it’s going to get a much broader variety of restaurants.

“I’ve looked at a few sites there already. I saw something about a year ago just around the corner from Piccadilly. It was a serious consideration but I didn’t do it in the end. It was quite a big project and there was only so much I could do. I was very serious about it but we’ll have to wait and see.

“I’d probably do something a bit smaller and more of a sharing style. The restaurant scene now is very much about sharing food, this whole idea of going somewhere you can have really nice drinks and sit at the bar casually. But I’d definitely still do Italian - it’s what I love.”