A NEW restaurant has taken an important step forward.

Myles Carr, the owner of craft beer bar Little Tap in Tarporley, is celebrating after achieving his fundraising target.

He set out to raise £100,000 to support a new restaurant he is planning to open opposite the current venue on High Street, to be called Terrarium.

Incredibly, this target was smashed in a little more than two weeks, with a total of £111,653 pledged by 432 backers.

“It was a fantastic effort from our loyal customer base, exceeding the target in 16 days,” said Myles.

“It feels like everyone is part of it and that’s just what we wanted the concept to be.

“I cannot express my excitement and gratitude for the year ahead and having such an incredible support base on the journey with me is just amazing.

“It all still feels so surreal to have achieved what Little Tap has achieved this year, especially in the last few weeks.

“Terrarium is going to be so well loved and the team and I cannot wait to share the concept with you all.”

Northwich Guardian: Inside the unit which will soon be home to TerrariumInside the unit which will soon be home to Terrarium (Image: Supplied)

Little Tap opened in 2016 in a former butcher’s shop.

In November last year, Myles signed the lease to a new unit just across the road from Little Tap, which most recently home to clothing boutique Rebel and Rain.

When it opens, Terrarium will take over the food side of the business.

Now the £100,000 target has been achieved, Myles will start planning before work on the project gets underway.

It is hoped that Terrarium will launch in the spring.

On what people can expect when it opens, Myles said: “A Terrarium is a self-contained ecosystem, a bubble if you will, and that’s what we want to create. A space that you can come and eat amazing food, drink beautiful drinks and socialise in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere.

“Terrarium will be a new restaurant, in our second site, inspired by what we have created at Little Tap and allow us to offer more of a dining experience to really showcase our food and free up Little Tap, to offer more flexibility on social drinks.”