Vaulkhard Leisure has announced plans to open a third site under its Barluga concept at the former Loch Fyne restaurant in Gosforth.

Located on the high street, the site – a converted church – was vacated last month, with the group behind the Central Bean and Blakes concepts looking to open it as a Beluga. It would join its existing sites in Newcastle and Morpeth.

Speaking to ChronicleLive, director Ollie Vaulkhard said it would follow the model and style of its Grey Street location in Newcastle, with a focus on food and service, rather than cheap drinks and live music.

“We hope to re-create the terrace on Grey Street at the front of the site and will call the venue Barluga. That will mean we have Grey Street, Morpeth and hopefully Gosforth,” he said.

In June this year Greene King appointed advisors at PwC to oversee the sale of the bulk of its Loch Fyne restaurant business.

MCA has previously reported that Turquoise Kitchen, the Turkish concept from the group behind The Real China, had secured the former Loch Fyne site in Loughton, Essex, while Oakman Inns has acquired its Farnham site.

AG&G acted on the Gosforth deal.