Warrens Bakery, the growing South West group, has bought back three franchise stores, while at the same time planning a further 10 franchises sites this year.

The franchise stores - Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil - will be relaunched as managed sites following an agreement with its local franchisee.

Warrens said it was continuing its franchise roll-out by teaming up with “a major partner” to open a café at Bristol Airport, adding that a further 10 franchise stores were set to open by early next year.

The business is also opening two company-owned cafés at Musgrove Hospital in Taunton.

The business now operates 70 stores in locations including the south west, Wales, Manchester, Birmingham, Hampshire, Surrey and London – with 20 franchised.

“We are very excited about these sites which, along with our existing stores in Bristol City Centre and Wellington, give us a platform for growth in the region,” said Warrens Bakery chairman Mark Sullivan.

“As an established West Country brand with over 150 years of tradition and trust, we look forward to taking our handcrafted pasties, sandwiches and sweet treats to locals, who have been asking us to set up nearby for years.”