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Vote now for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2018
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Vote now for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2018

May 10th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
  Following a huge response from the public in 2017, we’re delighted to say that the LCN Community Bar of the Year competition is back. We have already named eight lucky finalists in this year’s event – one from each...
Receptionists shine at 15th annual awards
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Receptionists shine at 15th annual awards

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation has recognised the best teams and individuals from across its extensive member portfolio at the 2018 annual NIHF Hotel Receptionist of the Year awards ceremony. The event, held at the...
Belfast date for Marco Pierre White
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Belfast date for Marco Pierre White

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Critically acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Marco Pierre White visited Belfast recently to host a special lunch and a book signing. Marco welcomed guests to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at the Park Avenue...
It’s showtime!
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It’s showtime!

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
We’re very happy to tell you that this year’s LCN Gala Awards – which will take place at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on June 1 – will be hosted by three of the funniest men in the country. For the eighth LCN Awards...
Boost for Ballymena as hotels expand
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Boost for Ballymena as hotels expand

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The market town of Ballymena looks set to receive a major boost with news that three of its hotels have instigated major plans for expansion. The development proposals confirm a prediction made by the NI Hotels Federation last...
Coming full circle
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Coming full circle

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Twenty-four-year-old Sean Swift is a bartender with a mission. Currently general manager at the Bush Bar in Enniskillen, Sean Swift believes that the creativity and innovation he’s been exposed to in his career to date puts him...
Going with the flow
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Going with the flow

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
With enviable kitchen credentials that have seen him don his whites under the guidance of Gordon Ramsey, Albert Roux and Michael Deane, Bangor’s Jonny Elliott has made an auspicious start on his own behalf at Edo in Belfast’s...
Hughes Craft Distillery looks to a new era
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Hughes Craft Distillery looks to a new era

May 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
A pressing need for space and the potential presented by consumers’ growing interest in craft spirits has led to an exciting expansion for the Hughes Craft Distillery, The growth in tourism here is leading to fresh...
NI trade threatened by new RoI regulations
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NI trade threatened by new RoI regulations

April 23rd, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The hospitality trade in Northern Ireland is facing additional pressure this morning, thanks once again to the actions of government. This time it is the parliament in Dublin that is responsible. Pending legislation which is...
Marine unveils a plush new look
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Marine unveils a plush new look

April 6th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle has unveiled the results of a major refurbishment scheme at the seafront venue. The completion of phase one of a £1m expansion programme has seen the Marine Hotel – the largest in the town –...
A seat at The Captain’s Table
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A seat at The Captain’s Table

April 6th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Casual dining is now one of the busiest parts of the hospitality sector and differentiation has become key. A focus on ambience combined with traditional standards of service and product has helped Mark and Hilary Braniff make a...
Fitting right in
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Fitting right in

April 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Michael McGinn followed in his father’s footsteps when he took a post at The Stormont Hotel 15 years ago. He’s still there today and he couldn’t be happier… When Michael McGinn (30), took a part-time position at...
Soda & Starch aims to be a home from home
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Soda & Starch aims to be a home from home

April 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Ciaran O’Neill and Raymond Moran have been showing LCN around Soda & Starch, their bijou little eatery in the centre of a resurgent Derry city… Derry-Londonderry’s Craft Village is a jewel, hidden away in the centre of...
Stephen to take on the Grand Central
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Stephen to take on the Grand Central

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Stephen Meldrum has been appointed general manager of Hastings new Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Formerly GM at the group’s luxury Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, Stephen began his career with Hastings as a...
Trade welcomes launch of tourism VAT probe
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Trade welcomes launch of tourism VAT probe

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
It appears that the NI hospitality trade might finally have begun to inch towards resolution in its long-standing and bitter dispute with government over the rates of tourism VAT here. The industry welcomed an announcement in...
A step in the right direction
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A step in the right direction

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The current round of investment at Kelly’s complex on the north coast is complete with the opening of The Pizza Library, a 56-seater family restaurant with an authentic Italian style… The doors have only just opened on latest...