The Wolseley Hospitality Group plans to open ten restaurants under its eponymous brand across the UK, Asia and the Middle East, Bloomberg reports.

Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive officer of Thai hotel company Minor International, told Bloomberg he envisaged new Wolseley restaurants in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, as well as London’s financial district.

There are also plans for Cafe Wolseley sites across other parts of China and the Middle East, as well as Manchester, Birmingham and Oxford in the UK.

He said: “Our plan has always been two things. One is to grow the brand within the UK, and number two is to take the brand outside, because a lot of our international guests love the brand, whether it’s the Middle East or Asia.”

Minor took full control of The Wolseley Hospitality Group, which also includes The Delauney, Brasserie Zedel and Colbert in London, last April after a battle for ownership with co-founder Jeremy King.

Minor, already a majority investor since 2017, fell out with King over his reluctance to roll the brand out internationally.

Rajakarier said: “Sometimes not all joint ventures go the way you want. It was sad. The guy is one of the best restaurateurs in London, and I value that. So yes, I do have regrets.”

The group could grow from seven sites today to 20 or more in five years, Rajakarier suggested.

“We should be able to double the portfolio, easily,” he said.

Later this year, a second Wolseley restaurant will open in King William Street in the City of London. Two more will shortly follow in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, he said. Dublin is also a potential destination.

In some countries, Minor plans to find franchise partners to open restaurants, and in others will manage them directly, planting some in its hotels.