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Closing date looms for LCN Awards 2017
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Closing date looms for LCN Awards 2017

March 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
With less than a fortnight to go until entries close for the seventh annual Licensed & Catering News Awards, preparations are well in hand and entries are flooding in. June 2 is the date for the big gala evening at The Europa...
Jean-Christophe Novelli excited by Belfast debut
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Jean-Christophe Novelli excited by Belfast debut

March 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Jean-Christophe Novelli (56), the world-renowned French chef who will open his only Irish restaurant at the City Quays hotel in Belfast next year, has told LCN that he sees the launch as an opportunity to “raise the bar” for...
April start date for new wholesale regulations
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April start date for new wholesale regulations

March 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Local hospitality operators should be aware that important changes to rules around the wholesale supply of alcohol are about to come into force. The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) – designed to help HM Revenue...
NI food venues top UK hygiene ratings
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NI food venues top UK hygiene ratings

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hospitality venues in Lisburn and Castlereagh City have been revealed as the top performers in the UK when it comes to food hygiene. New nationwide rankings show that every food business in the region has been awarded either four...
Who let the dogs in?
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Who let the dogs in?

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Dogs are part of the family in around 320,000 homes across Northern Ireland – but is it a good idea to allow owners to bring their pooches with them when they go for a meal or a drink in your venue? Deciding to allow dogs...
No place like home for Chris
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No place like home for Chris

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Chris McGowan’s culinary CV reads like a who’s who of the London restaurant scene. These days, however, he’s more than happy to work on his own doorstep in County Armagh with his family close at hand… Chris and Davina...
The healthiest of starts
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The healthiest of starts

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Jenny Curran and her partner, Tony O’Neill have turned their shared obsession with the virtues of a truly healthy lifestyle into a thriving hospitality business in Belfast that they hope will eventually become an international...
Kelan puts beef back on the menu
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Kelan puts beef back on the menu

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Intro: Everybody says nice things about the Bull and Ram, the audacious Ballynahinch eatery that represents Derry chef, Kelan McMichael’s first proprietorial foray into the increasingly unforgiving arena of culinary endeavour....
Norwegian Air to re-establish US link
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Norwegian Air to re-establish US link

February 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Norwegian Air is to re-establish a link between Belfast and the US that was lost in January when United Airlines withdrew its New York connection. It is understood that the low-cost carrier will introduce services from Belfast...
Suspended sentence for NI chef on drugs charges
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Suspended sentence for NI chef on drugs charges

February 15th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A chef from Northern Ireland has received a suspended gaol sentence for possession of cocaine, LSD and cannabis. Formerly head chef at Ardtara in Upperlands, Eddie Atwell (30), is now head chef at St. Kyrans County House in...
Eoin is new GM at The Culloden
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Eoin is new GM at The Culloden

February 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hastings Hotels has announced the appointment of Eoin O’Sullivan as the new general manager of its five-star Culloden Estate & Spa. With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Eoin has spent the...
Percy French takes Best in Ulster title
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Percy French takes Best in Ulster title

February 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
THE Percy French in Newcastle is celebrating being top of the leaderboard after it was named the Best Golfers Restaurant in Ulster at the 2017 Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards. The awards, which took place in Carton House Hotel in...
George Best-themed hotel for Belfast
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George Best-themed hotel for Belfast

February 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A hotel developer with plans for a George Best-themed venue in Manchester has revealed that he hopes to open a similar property in Belfast. Lawrence Kenwright, founder of Signature Living, said on Friday that he hopes to have...
Diageo unveils plans for new Irish whiskey distillery
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Diageo unveils plans for new Irish whiskey distillery

February 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diageo is to launch a new premium blended Irish Whiskey called Roe & Co. The company has also announced an £18.6m (€25m) investment in a new whiskey distillery in the former power station at St. James’s Gate in Dublin....
Back on the rise
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Back on the rise

January 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
It’s been an encouraging year for drinks giant, Diageo and while there may well be uncertainty ahead, Jorge Lopes is keeping a customary cool head… Now valued at more than $60bn, Diageo is the largest drinks company in the...
The old dog’s new trick
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The old dog’s new trick

January 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Ken Sharp’s plans for Bangor’s Boat House restaurant, which he acquired in the autumn of last year, involve a much closer working relationship with near-neighbour, The Salty Dog, which he also owns. Ken has been speaking to...