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Derry street food genius to host first Black Bush Block Party
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Derry street food genius to host first Black Bush Block Party

May 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Filthy Quarter is set to host the first ever Black Bush Block Party on May 28 as part of the #AnswerTheCall event series. Created in collaboration with Kevin Pyke, food guru and owner of street-food start-up Pyke ‘N’...
LCN announced as NI Tourism Conference sponsor
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LCN announced as NI Tourism Conference sponsor

May 4th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News is delighted to announce that it will be sponsor of this year’s NI Tourism Conference, which takes place in the Killyhevlin hotel in Enniskillen on May 18. Chaired by sports commentator, Stephen...
Freshii to create 100 jobs with 10 new NI stores
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Freshii to create 100 jobs with 10 new NI stores

April 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Global healthy eating fast food chain, Freshii, is to create 100 jobs as it aims to open 10 stores in Northern Ireland. The innovative food-to-go specialist held a launch event for its first Northern Ireland store in Donegall...
Being outside the box…
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Being outside the box…

April 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Canadian-born Nathan Evans came to Northern Ireland 22-years-ago to visit his sister, Sarah. During the visit, he fell in love with the place and has been here ever since. These days, Nathan Evans is an accomplished mixologist...
Belfast set for a real taste of Italy
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Belfast set for a real taste of Italy

April 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Sapori Italiani is a family-run and uniquely Italian restaurant in the centre of Newry. Now, however, there are plans to expand the offering into the heart of Belfast… The Cavaliere family has been cultivating the unique taste...
Revised Grand Central plan is Hastings biggest ever investment
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Revised Grand Central plan is Hastings biggest ever investment

April 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hastings Hotels has said that it will invest £53m in its Grand Central Hotel project in Belfast following the granting of revised planning permission earlier this month. An additional 104 bedrooms are to be added to the hotel...
Council set to rule on Grand Central expansion plan
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Council set to rule on Grand Central expansion plan

April 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast City Council will shortly consider an application from Hastings Hotels for an expansion to its still-to-be-built Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street. The council’s planning committee will consider a recommendation to...
New ticketing system for north coast landmark
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New ticketing system for north coast landmark

April 5th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
One of Northern Ireland’s most renowned tourist attractions has become so popular with visitors that the National Trust has introduced a new timed ticketing system. The Trust, which looks after the popular Carrick-a-rede rope...
The Hudson hosts a saintly event
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The Hudson hosts a saintly event

March 31st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
To celebrate the new-look Hudson Entertainment complex, the award-winning bar on Gresham Street in Belfast hosted a St Patrick’s Day themed event. Guests were treated to the venue’s signature Irish stew and wheaten bread...
Green light for new north-west hotel
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Green light for new north-west hotel

March 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A new Holiday Inn Express Hotel is to go ahead in Derry-Londonderry, creating nearly 50 new jobs. The Duddy Group, owned by developer, Brendan Duddy, is behind the £7m project which was first revealed in 2013. The new three-star...
All plain sailing for Ben
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All plain sailing for Ben

March 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A summer job waiting tables on board the Larne to Cairnryan ferry was enough to convince Ben Munro (27), that a career in hospitality was right for him. These days, Ben Munro works behind the bar at The Dirty Onion in Belfast’s...
Gobbins project under scrutiny by auditors
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Gobbins project under scrutiny by auditors

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The £7.5m Gobbins cliff path is to receive additional attention from the NI Audit Office during this year’s annual inspection of accounts at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The vaunted tourist attraction has only been...
Easy does it for David
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Easy does it for David

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
David Crowe’s new EasyHotel won’t open in Belfast for another year, but already, the veteran property developer is laying plans for a second of the budget venues in another part of the city. He’s been talking to Russell...
New era beckons at iconic Ballymena venues
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New era beckons at iconic Ballymena venues

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Russell Campbell has been talking to Eugene and Carole McKenna about their ambitious plans for re-development at two of Ballymena’s most recognisable venues… The Grouse in Ballymena recently re-opened the doors following the...
LCN Awards 2017: Deadline extended!
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LCN Awards 2017: Deadline extended!

March 20th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News is delighted to announce to the trade that we’ve extended the deadline for entries to the seventh LCN Awards. If you haven’t yet submitted your entry for the 2017 competition – which will...
Searching for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2017
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Searching for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2017

March 9th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
  This year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards will, for the first time, recognise those local bars that work hardest to place themselves at the centre of their communities. In conjunction with our media sponsor, Q...