Whitbread’s Bar + Block Steakhouse brand is to open new restaurants in Bristol and Belfast – its first in Northern Ireland, in April.

Including the previously announced restaurant planned for Reading, to open in mid-2019, the additions will take the estate up to 11 restaurants.

The new sites will continue the existing all-day trading format.

Chief marketing officer of Whitbread Restaurants, Nathalie Pomroy said: “We are delighted to be opening our first site in Northern Ireland and to be celebrating Bar + Block venues reaching double digits. This is a great milestone for the brand, and we look forward to further growth throughout the year.”

MCA has previously reported that a site in Durham is in the offing, as part of the multi-million pound Milburngate development, while it was revealed in September that plans had been submitted to Edinburgh City Council to add a Bar + Block to the Premier Inn site on Princes Street.