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Danni takes on a new challenge
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Danni takes on a new challenge

December 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Former Eipic head chef and Michelin Star winner, Danni Barry has surprised many people by signing up to a new partnership and tackling a restaurant revival project well away from the centre of Belfast… Danni Barry (31) was...
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...
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...
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...
Desmond takes charge at the Everglades
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Desmond takes charge at the Everglades

September 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Desmond Morris, the new executive head chef at the Everglades hotel in Derry/Londonderry, may have enjoyed a less frenetic rise to the top than is common in this profession but he still knows exactly what he wants to achieve…...
Life’s just right for Jordan
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Life’s just right for Jordan

September 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Coming from a family with a strong hospitality background, Jordan McGarvey has always been convinced that a job in the trade was for him. Like so many in the trade, Jordan McGarvey realised at a young age that his temperament and...
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...
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...
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...
Growth rate at risk as Brexit looms large?
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Growth rate at risk as Brexit looms large?

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
With Brexit negotiations now underway, there are fears that the any new arrangement which impinges on the free movement of labour across the EU could impact adversely on growth levels within the NI hospitality sector. While the...
The art of thinking small
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The art of thinking small

May 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
At the age of 31, experienced chef, Tim Brunton, faces a new challenge as he helps hotelier, Ken Sharp, establish himself as the new owner of the acclaimed Boat House restaurant in Bangor. Ken Sharp purchased the award-winning...
Chasing the next big thing
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Chasing the next big thing

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
  Ryan Lavery may have found his chosen career in the hospitality trade almost by accident but the 22-year-old Belfast bartender couldn’t be happier… These days, Ryan Lavery looks after The Loft cocktail bar at The...
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...