Whitbread has confirmed it will open the third iteration of its Bar + Block Steakhouse concept in Fareham.

As revealed by MCA in July, the concept will open in Whiteley shopping centre in February after securing a 4,500 sq ft, 177-cover site, developed by Harrison Design. The venue will also offer a 24-cover external seating area for outdoor drinking and dining.

The second Bar + Block will open next month, replacing the Thyme restaurant atthe Premier Inn in King’s Cross.

David Murdin, chief operating officer of brand developments for Whitbread Restaurants, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing Bar + Block Steakhouse to Whiteley. This is an exciting time of growth for the Bar + Block brand, with our flagship site opening in London this November”.

Neil Carter, centre manager for Whiteley, added: “Whiteley continues to be recognised as the place to come for great dining and I am delighted that Bar + Block Steakhouse will add to our extensive restaurant line up.”