ABERDEENSHIRE craft-beer maker BrewDog has walked away from three new bar openings, delaying its expansion in London, Dublin and Paris.

In a note to shareholders the firm, which earlier this year was valued at £1 billion after receiving a cash injection from American private equity house TSG Consumer Partners, has decided not to open a bar in London’s trendy Dalston area as it “couldn’t nail down terms with the landlord that worked for us”.

Similarly, its Dublin plan has been out on ice because “we had a licence partner lined up but it fell through” while Paris is not going ahead because the company “lost the bid on the Halle de Rouvray site”.

The firm, which had a total of 47 bars at the end of 2016, now has 45, 31 of which it manages directly. Its bars in Hong Kong and Finnish city Turku, which opened in 2016 and 2015 respectively, have closed since the start of the year.

Despite that, the firm said it remains committed to further expansion, with a bar due to open in Oxford in September and further openings across America and Europe expected in due course.

The company said sales across its 29 UK bars grew by almost 12 per cent in the first six months of this year, with total sales up nearly 70 per cent from £31 million in the first half of 2016 to £53m this year.

The firm turned over £71.9m in 2016 as a whole.