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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...