Scottish brewer and pub operator Innis & Gunn has said it is bringing forward its plans to expand its Beer Kitchen pub concept into England after overfunding in its Crowdcube campaign.

The group closed its crowdfunding push last night, having raised £2.47m from 1,940 investors – 246% of its target amount.

On launching its campaign, the group set out a plan to open four new Beer Kitchens in Scotland and to increase capacity at the brewery.

Now, the group is looking to also set up sites south of the border.

In response to a question on the Crowdcube page about the possibility of opening a Beer Kitchen in Newcastle, chairman Tony Hunt replied: “We have had many recommendations for possible locations for our first English Beer Kitchens. Newcastle has been proposed several times, not least because it had a long history of being invaded by the Scots and this would be some kind of reparation.

“In fact almost all of the recommendations have been places where we can imagine having Beer Kitchens in due course, and certainly Newcastle would be on the short list. The team are working on this at present. Until the overfunding we envisaged this as a 2018 project, but thanks to our Innis & Gunn community we will now be entering England a full year ahead of schedule.”