A hospitality giant has closed four of its restaurants near Glasgow.

Brewers Fayre confirmed its Buchanan Gate (Stepps), Belziehill Farm (Belshill), Phoenix Park (Paisley), and Malt and Myre (Dumbarton) restaurants officially shut their doors for the last time on July 4.

The venues are owned by hospitality business Whitbread which also owns the Premier Inn and various branded restaurants including Brewers Fayre, Beefeater, and Bar+Block.

A Whitbread spokesperson said: “After many years serving the community we can confirm that the Buchanan Gate, Malt and Myre, Belziehill Farm, and Phoenix Park have closed their doors.

“We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support over the years and our amazing team members.

“The nearest Whitbread outlet is now the Black Bear Beefeater in Glasgow and we do hope to welcome people there.”

It is not yet known if/how many jobs have been lost.

A spokesperson for Whitbread told the Glasgow Times they could not share specific numbers but ‘where possible it has aimed to retain staff’.

The company also owns the Beefeater Hamilton which remains open and Newhouse in Motherwell which is open but is also on the market for sale.

The news of the closures comes after Whitbread announced in April that its UK hotel performance had gone ‘from strength-to-strength’ however the performance of some of its branded restaurants had been impacted by a reported drop in footfall from non-hotel guests.

As such the business stated that it would be undertaking an ‘Accelerating Growth Plan’ which could result in a reduction of up to 1500 roles across its total UK workforce of 37,000.

It went on to add that whilst these plans are still subject to consultation it will seek to find alternative opportunities ‘wherever possible’ and it expects to retain a ‘significant’ number of staff ‘who wish to remain with the company’.

The Accelerating Growth Plan is said to involve two elements. The first is replacing around 112 of its ‘lower-returning’ branded restaurants over the next 24 months with integrated restaurants and using the vacated spaces to add hotel rooms.

At these locations, Whitbread says it will transfer the delivery of its food and beverage service for hotel guests to an integrated restaurant that will be built inside the neighbouring hotel.

The second element is selling 126 of its less profitable branded restaurants. Twenty-one sales have already gone through for £28m.

Whitbread says the cost-cutting programme is expected to save around £150m over the next three years.