Wagamama has confirmed about half of its estate will open for outdoor dining next month.

Most of the English outlets will open from 12 April. Four will open on 26 April in Scotland – one in Glasgow, two in Edinburgh and one in Livingston.

Wagamama will operate on a first-come-first-served basis with no booking required, which has always been its model.

It will look to open the rest of its restaurants after May 17 when current government plans in England are to allow indoor dining.

The restaurant chain will offer many of its new vegan dishes for the first time, some of which had not been suitable for delivery and click + collect.

A spokesperson said: “We’re excited to begin this first stage of reopening and we’ve got some incredible new dishes for guests to try. We announced in January that we had developed our biggest vegan range ever, including our vegan chilli squid. But with some of these dishes not being suitable for our delivery and click + collect menu, guests are yet to try them. We can’t wait to re-open with these new vegan versions of our most iconic dishes. Our outdoor dining experience offers guests the same great wagamama experience whilst complying with coronavirus safety regulations, ensuring both guest and staff safety.”