The chain currently has sites in Cheltenham and Oxford and have agreed terms on a site in central Bristol. It is now looking expand further after recognising “the potential to introduce the cuisine to the UK”.
The restaurants are built on the Sri Lankan ethos of always laying an extra place at the table, and offer a variety of dishes native to the country.
Anna Garrod, brand manager at The Coconut Tree said: “Both Cheltenham and Oxford have been welcomed by customers and critics alike and we believe strongly in the brand, which we are confident will work throughout the UK. The quality of the food and atmosphere sets us apart and we are excited about the next phase of our growth.”
Kevin Conibear, head of urban markets at Fleurets, who is searching for new sites for The Coconut Tree, said: “The Coconut Tree is a great example of an innovative new brand that is making the UK restaurant and bar market so exciting at present.
“Whilst unfortunately we have witnessed some casualties in recent times, good quality concepts from emerging operators are thriving and The Coconut Tree has quickly established itself as a highly respected bar and restaurant, backed by an experienced team, with the quality to grow throughout the UK.”