A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

As reported by M&C Allegra Foodservice, the first outlet will be launched after Christmas at South Place, near Moorgate, London, and will include a 44-cover artisan bakery/café alongside a 228-cover restaurant and 175-cover casual dining bar.

Baker has identified two further sites - one in the City and one in the West End - which will open soon after the South Place.

She said it is likely the outlets will operate under separate names within the Wright & Bell family.

Baker is looking for further London sites and has not ruled out long-term expansion outside of the capital.