Developer Salboy has secured top chef Aiden Byrne to open a new restaurant at its Local Blackfriars development in Salford.

The new venture from Betfred's Fred Done will use all three floors of the restored Grade II listed Black Friar pub on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Way, while also incorporating a new single-level glazed building to the side.

Salboy founder and director Simon Ismail said: “We always envisioned a new and exciting use for this historic pub and getting Aiden on board demonstrates our commitment to delivering the very best – whether its new homes or a new restaurant.

“This is an area packed with character with much-loved venues like The Eagle Inn and Blueprint Studios and the reborn Black Friar will add to the mix for the growing number of people living here.”

Salboy's vision is to create a traditional pub interior with wood panelling and open fires in the original building.

Casual dining and an open kitchen is set to feature in the linked modern building which faces onto the development’s courtyard gardens.

On the first floor will be an intimate fine dining restaurant of around 20-25 covers served by a kitchen on the third floor with the potential for a chef’s table.

Salboy’s partner construction firm Domis, led by Lee McCarren, will carry undertake the fit-out.

Byrne who owns the Church Green pub in Lymm won a Michelin Star when he was just 22 and ran the kitchen at Manchester House when it opened in 2013.

The £1.25m restaurant is being funded by Salboy and Domis with a significant personal investment from Byrne and his wife Sarah who will run the operation as a team.

Planning is due to be submitted early next month with an opening slated for late summer.