Giggling Squid, the fast growing restaurant chain which introduced the ‘Thai Tapas’ concept to Britain, currently operates nine successful venues in Brighton, Hove, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow and Horsham is set to double in size in the coming year.
Its latest opening is due in Sevenoaks in early August, and will be followed by Maidstone. The company is also set to exchange contracts on three further properties in the next few weeks. It is in advanced negotiations on several additional sites across southern England and expects to open at least 8 more sites in the coming 12 months.
The opening in Sevenoaks, Kent on 5th August will create 20 new jobs. The new 100-seater, split-level restaurant, which Giggling Squid has refurbished at a cost of £250,000, is located in a former church on Dorset Street, on the site formerly occupied by Strada restaurant.
Co owned with Andy’s wife Pranee Laurillard (the brand is derived from the nickname of one of their three children), Giggling Squid’s formula of serving “rustic” Thai cuisine, with the emphasis on sea- and street-food, is a winning one. Fans compliment the restaurants for having the “feel” of a one-off independent, rather than a mass “produced” corporate chain.
Since opening the first Giggling Squid in 2009, the pair deliberately set out to look and cook different – using drift wood and reclaimed timbers, to create a modern chic environment.