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A seat at The Captain’s Table
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A seat at The Captain’s Table

April 6th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Casual dining is now one of the busiest parts of the hospitality sector and differentiation has become key. A focus on ambience combined with traditional standards of service and product has helped Mark and Hilary Braniff make a...
Fitting right in
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Fitting right in

April 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Michael McGinn followed in his father’s footsteps when he took a post at The Stormont Hotel 15 years ago. He’s still there today and he couldn’t be happier… When Michael McGinn (30), took a part-time position at...
Filling big shoes
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Filling big shoes

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Peter Wilson knows about responsibility. As owner and developer of the iconic Kelly’s complex on the busy north coast, he’s charged with preserving and building on the family’s strong hospitality roots. And recent sustained...
Taking a shine to the trade
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Taking a shine to the trade

March 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Dominic Armstrong’s hospitality education began after he left school and realised that he was at his happiest working behind a bar… Local bartender, Dominic Armstrong (34), admits that during the earlier years of his...
A new era dawns at north coast’s Bayview
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A new era dawns at north coast’s Bayview

February 28th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Change is a constant at the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae, but owner Trevor Kane has just come up with some of his most ambitious plans to date for the popular north coast venue. The Bayview Hotel has commanded the most...
In good hands
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In good hands

February 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Jorge Lopes believes that survival is not about strength, but adaptability. It’s an ethos that’s helped him and Diageo NI put their best foot forward despite an unpredictable environment… By its own admission, 2017 was a...
Village newcomer adds a Mexican touch
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Village newcomer adds a Mexican touch

January 31st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The lack of a solid background in the hospitality trade hasn’t hampered Belfast man, Robert McGregor (33) in his efforts to establish a successful restaurant chain. Robert, who runs his own wholesale beauty supplies business,...
Looking to a new reality
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Looking to a new reality

January 31st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Rajesh Rana has plenty to keep him occupied in 2018 with refurbishment of existing properties and new build projects both ongoing. His biggest concern, however, remains the mounting crisis in hospitality recruitment. In 2018, the...
Future-proofing Ireland’s oldest whiskey
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Future-proofing Ireland’s oldest whiskey

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Last year was a pivotal period for Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery as Bushmills launched an exciting new product and moved ahead with plans for extensive development at its north coast plant. Colum Egan has been telling...
Perpetual motion
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Perpetual motion

January 29th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Judith Owens doesn’t foresee a time when the world won’t want to visit the city in which the great Titanic was conceived. “This is forever,” says Judith Owens without hesitation. The great ship-building heritage of...
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…...