A POPULAR Hampshire pie shop will be opening a new restaurant in Southampton.

Winchester’s only pie, mash, and comic book shop, Piecaramba! celebrated their first birthday by taking to social media to announce plans to open a premises in Carlton Place.

The new premises will be over two floors, giving the business the opportunity to cater to more customers, as well as provide a function area for private parties and events.

The company is hoping to create between seven and ten full and part-time jobs in the area with the opening of the restaurant.

Though not able to commit to a firm date, it is hoped that the new restaurant will be ready to open in December.

Rob Litchfield, proprietor of Piecaramba! said:”We have worked really hard to establish ourselves in Winchester, and we are really excited to be in a position to open another store, and spread the good word of the pie.

“We wanted to open another one as quickly as possible, and not fall into a position where we got too comfortable with just one store.” When asked about future expansion plans he said: “We absolutely would love to open more Piecaramba!’s and we’ve earmarked a couple of other towns for expansion if and when the time is right.”