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Chancellor warned as pubs face fresh tax hike
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Chancellor warned as pubs face fresh tax hike

November 13th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Pub landlords are being warned that they stand to lose an extra £29m in 2018 is the chancellor presses ahead with his punitive five-year plan to raise alcohol duty. Duty collected from pubs in the UK is set to soar to £2.1bn if...
Rare single cask Redbreast released
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Rare single cask Redbreast released

November 10th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A Belfast whiskey shop will take a very special delivery next week which is sure to be a hit with local whiskey enthusiasts. The Friend at Hand on Hill Street in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter will become one of a handful of...
International travel forum bound for Belfast
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International travel forum bound for Belfast

November 9th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast is set to host a major international travel forum next June. Held last year in New Orleans, the Hosts Global Forum will bring more than 100 of the world’s leading destination management companies and 100 global meeting...
New rapid transit Glider for Belfast unveiled
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New rapid transit Glider for Belfast unveiled

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The public has had its first glimpse of a new high-tech bus that will soon be gliding around the streets of Belfast. The new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider vehicle was unveiled recently at the Busworld Europe exhibition in Belgium....
In search of perfection…
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In search of perfection…

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Thirty-four-year-old Richard Grimsey is a career bartender who has risen through the ranks by dint of his own efforts and now occupies a senior position with the influential Browns Restaurants Northwest group in...
Industry warned as staffing crisis looms
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Industry warned as staffing crisis looms

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The NI Hotels Federation warned this month that there is now “real concern” around the availability of skilled labour as the hotels sector here continues to expand at unprecedented rates. The Federation delivered the most...
It’s back to work for Jasper
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It’s back to work for Jasper

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Former Boathouse co-owner, Jasper Castel, has swapped award-winning fine dining for a life behind the grill – and more time with his family. Under the stewardship of Dutch brothers, Joery and Jasper Castel, Bangor’s Boathouse...
The Old Inn shines with top AA hotel title
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The Old Inn shines with top AA hotel title

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn has taken the title of Hotel of the Year in Northern Ireland for 2017/18 at the recent AA Hospitality Awards. The title of Hotel of the Year for NI was presented to The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn during...
What more could you want?
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What more could you want?

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Award-winning local chef, Kelan McMichael has realised a long-cherished dream by opening a second restaurant under his distinctive Bull & Ram brand – this time in the heart of Belfast. Serendipity undeniably played in role...
Engineering a bright future for Brunel’s
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Engineering a bright future for Brunel’s

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Newcastle chef, Paul Cunningham, puts his best foot forward as his restaurant project, Brunel’s, relocates to bespoke new premises in the centre of town… Popular Newcastle restaurant, Brunel’s, opened the doors in...
Musgrave’s Duncrue unveils new design
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Musgrave’s Duncrue unveils new design

October 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hundreds of special guests from retail and SME businesses were in attendance at Musgrave’s Duncrue store this month, as the site unveiled its £1.1m makeover. The redesign of the 52,000 sq ft store has created three new jobs at...
Tonic water on top of NI’s gin fever
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Tonic water on top of NI’s gin fever

October 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Fever-Tree aromatic tonic water is NI’s favorite drinks mixer. As anyone working in the restaurant or drinks industry will tell you, Northern Ireland’s love-affair with gin is still going strong. The drink underwent an...
Brunel’s looks to a new chapter
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Brunel’s looks to a new chapter

October 11th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
This Saturday, October 14, will see Newcastle restaurant, Brunel’s, open the doors for the first time on new 70-seater premises at Downs Road in the town, leading to the creation of 15 new jobs. The move from its old spot on...
Tourism under the digital spotlight at Cultra
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Tourism under the digital spotlight at Cultra

October 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A tech event aimed at Northern Ireland’s tourism sector will take place this November at the Ulster Transport Museum at Cultra. The fourth annual Digital DNA Tourism event will bring together world-class industry figures to...
EasyJet adds sixth plane to NI fleet
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EasyJet adds sixth plane to NI fleet

October 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Budget carrier, EasyJet is to add another aircraft to its complement at Belfast International Airport, bringing its tally at the hub to sixth. The A320 is due to be delivered on June 22 next year and will assist the operator in...
Airport baggage workers vote to strike
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Airport baggage workers vote to strike

September 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Baggage handlers at Belfast City Airport have voted to strike, say union chiefs. Members of the union Unite, which represents 100 workers at the airport, voted 60 per cent in favour of strike action. The union said the strike is...