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Love at first sight
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Love at first sight

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Christopher McQuillan may have initially been a reluctant recruit into the hospitality trade, but the 24-year-old west Belfast bartender was certainly quick to find his feet. Christopher McQuillan (24) was in the news last month...
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November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Celebrating two years in business in October this year, Chapter V in Moy represents the realisation of executive chef Conor McCabrey’s burning ambition to create a quality restaurant experience that was all of his own making…...
Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s
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Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Billy Andy’s traditional Irish pub on the Browndod Road near Larne is one of only a handful of venues from Northern Ireland considered worthy of a mention in the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide – and it’s not hard...
Trade set for a record Christmas?
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Trade set for a record Christmas?

November 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The traditional Christmas rush has yet to begin in earnest, but early soundings from the trade around the province seem to indicate that hospitality could be in for a bumper year. As you might expect, reports from the centre of...
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...