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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...
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...
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...
Varying degrees of up…
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Varying degrees of up…

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A rising tide doesn’t always lift all the ships and so it is with the hospitality trade. Colin Neill has been talking to Russell Campbell about the economy, the effects of Brexit and continued concerns over taxation and the...
A passion for people
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A passion for people

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Bill Wolsey is a realist who isn’t afraid to speak out when it feels an issue demands it. At heart, however, he remains an optimist with an unfailing belief that the success of any business depends on the passion of those...
Passion unlimited…
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Passion unlimited…

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Guinness tapped into the growing renaissance in the craft beer sector in late 2015 when it opened the doors of its experimental brewery in Dublin to the public. With the open nights now regularly booked out and a steadily growing...
Being your own man
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Being your own man

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Stephen Magorrian’s is a face well-known to most in the local trade and while the former managing director of the Botanic Inns chain might be a little less in the limelight since its demise, he’s still doing what he’s best...
The appliance of science
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The appliance of science

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Derry’s Garvan O’Doherty is re-inventing his business from the ground up – and putting plans in place which, he says, will help revolutionise the hospitality offering in the city. Garvan O’Doherty  deals daily with the...
Spirited revival boosts Institute’s momentum
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Spirited revival boosts Institute’s momentum

December 7th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As consumer interest in wine, premium spirits and artisan beers continues to grow, the Northern Ireland Wine & Spirit Institute is looking at ways to boost its profile and bring more enthusiasts into its ranks. Chairman, Tim...
Happy at home
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Happy at home

December 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Saul O’Reilly, who looks after the kitchens at the brand new Bullitt Belfast, spent years working in pubs before he realised that his true talent lay in cooking… It’s been a busy time lately for Armagh’s Saul...
Hopes high as trade signals strong start to Christmas
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Hopes high as trade signals strong start to Christmas

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As the Christmas rush begins in earnest around NI, LCN has been gauging the level of confidence among hospitality traders here. Do early indications point to a memorable Christmas season for hotels, bars and restaurants? As LCN...
Darren’s happy at his work
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Darren’s happy at his work

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Twenty-two-year-old Darren McEvoy gave his career a valuable boost earlier this year when he was named as one of three NI winners of the Hennessy Connoisseur title for 2016/17 – a remarkable feat when you consider that he only...
As you were for Bushmills’ Gary
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As you were for Bushmills’ Gary

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
One of the most striking impressions that you’ll form during any work-related discussion with Gary Stewart is just how contented he is with his lot in life. Gary Stewart (50), is the head chef and owner of award-winning north...