Inglenook Inns & Taverns, the Lancashire-based pub group, has lined up two more openings and hopes to secure a further two pubs before the end of the year, M&C Report has learnt.

The Horse & Jockey in Wilmslow, which will operate under the company’s new boutique ale house concept, and the Pickering Arms in Warrington, are set to open in the next eight weeks. Both are Punch leaseholds.

They will take the estate to 16 sites.

Inglenook Inns & Taverns, which is led by James Waddington, recently opened another four Punch leasehold pubs: the Thatch & Thistle in Southport, the Derby Arms at Rainford, the South Lodge at Ripon, and the Grapes at Lees.

In March Waddington told M&C that the group plans a major expansion drive to expand from nine to 22 sites by the end of 2016 as it eyes the possibility of seeking third-party investment. Waddington said his target is to reach 28 sites, and then explore the options for private investment in the business.