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Tax hike sparks trade concern
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Tax hike sparks trade concern

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A planned hike in alcohol duty – the second such rise in less than 12 months – has been condemned by the trade here as “unsustainable”. Chancellor Philip Hammond has indicated that he intends to raise drink duty in line...
Equity deal signal new era for coffee shop chain
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Equity deal signal new era for coffee shop chain

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Indigenous coffee shop chain, Bob & Berts has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, but a new deal with equity investors, BGF, heralds the exciting next stage in the group’s expansion plans outside NI… Bob & Berts,...
New era beckons at the Ross Park
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New era beckons at the Ross Park

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A new era is about to dawn at the Ross Park hotel near Ballymena as it prepares for a £500,000 refurbishment programme that includes a bespoke wedding pavilion. Co-owner, Keith Carmichael, has been talking to LCN. Work will...
That start of something new
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That start of something new

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast’s newest pub and nightclub development is the latest addition to the entertainment portfolio of 1 Oak Leisure Ireland Ltd – and the first time that it has opened a venue in the heart of Belfast. LCN has been talking...
Slow Food Festival back in the north-west
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Slow Food Festival back in the north-west

September 11th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Northern Ireland’s only Slow Food Festival, organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, will celebrate its return to Guildhall Square next month with the launch of two new high quality local food and drink products...
Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend
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Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend

September 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The much-anticipated new Titanic Hotel Belfast will open its doors to the public this Sunday, September 10, at noon. After almost two years of restoration, construction and preservation of the former Harland & Wolff Drawing...
Tony finds his passion in hospitality
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Tony finds his passion in hospitality

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Tony Cromie (24), is currently assistant manager and mixologist at chic Bangor venue, The Goat’s Toe, but his ultimate ambition is centred on helping other hospitality businesses refine and build their offerings.   Like...
Old Schoolhouse won’t be resting on its laurels
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Old Schoolhouse won’t be resting on its laurels

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Named LCN’s Restaurant of the Year for 2017, The Old Schoolhouse at Comber has always developed its offering to keep pace with changing times. And next in line for refurbishment are the venue’s eight award-winning guest...
Part of something bigger
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Part of something bigger

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Since its inception, the McKeever Hotel Group’s strategy has always been to invest in smaller, more rural hotels. In July, however, it broke with form and acquired the Dunadry Hotel at Templepatrick. Russell Campbell has been...
Small footprint, big shadow…
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Small footprint, big shadow…

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Speciality coffee is evolving its own identity and two of Belfast’s earliest adopters are Ben Craig and Simon Johnston, whose Root and Branch brand is gaining good traction in the city. Ben has been speaking to Russell...
Vive la revolucion
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Vive la revolucion

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Revolution Bars Group has chosen the former Café Vaudeville building on Arthur Street in Belfast as the location for the first Irish outlet in its Revolucion de Cuba chain… From the lazily revolving ceiling fans to...
Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand
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Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand

August 17th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diageo has completed its acquisition of a super-premium tequila brand that was co-founded by Hollywood actor, George Clooney.   The Guinness brewer has spent around £789m to secure Casamigos, which was founded in 2013 by...
RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north
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RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north

August 16th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Irish government looks likely to approve legislation which will end the State’s 90-year ban on Good Friday alcohol sales. The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 also contains provisions that would allow...
Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended
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Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended

August 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
UPDATE: EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Up to 15 per cent off when you book your place at Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit before AUGUST 8. Huge numbers of the region’s best retailers, decision-makers,...
Harp tees up NI Open golf deal
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Harp tees up NI Open golf deal

August 2nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Golf fans who attend this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena will have the opportunity to savour a cold pint of Harp while the professionals battle it out on the lush greens and fairways. The...
Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI
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Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI

July 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Long-term disaffection among venue-owners in NI over the cost of maintaining a Sky TV licence may be coming to a head as trade body Hospitality Ulster calls for a full investigation into pricing practices for pubs here. Accusing...