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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...
Lynas eyes further Irish expansion
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Lynas eyes further Irish expansion

November 15th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
With turnover by the end of this year likely to top £115m, Lynas Foodservice is focusing on expansion south of the border. Mel Bacon has been talking to LCN. Perfection – if it’s ever truly achieved – rarely comes about...
No time to stand still
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No time to stand still

November 15th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
 Josh McKay knew early on that he wanted a career in hospitality, but the development of the Vintage Rooms at The Plough in Hillsborough has given him the perfect chance to shine… Like many of the bartenders who appear in this...
Bigger on the inside…
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Bigger on the inside…

October 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Bittle’s bar instantly stands out thanks to the oddly curved geometry of the building. But it’s the interior of this cosy pub and the irrepressible nature of its amiable licensee that have proved to be its most enduring...
NI visit for top Argentine wine-maker
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NI visit for top Argentine wine-maker

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Alberto Arizu, the third generation producer of Argentina’s Luigi Bosca wines, made his first visit to Northern Ireland in September when he was a guest of Belfast -based distributor, Direct Wine Shipments. Alberto  Arizu from...
Happy at home
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Happy at home

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
It’s now six months since Cathal Duncan took on the role of head chef at Hadski’s in Belfast, bringing with him experience at some of Belfast and London’s best eateries. Originally from Dublin, 31-year-old Cathal Duncan...
Ramada Plaza set to welcome Hospitality Exchange 2016
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Ramada Plaza set to welcome Hospitality Exchange 2016

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
 October 18 and 19 will see the annual Hospitality Exchange trade event open its doors at the Ramada Plaza hotel in Belfast. More than 1000 industry visitors are expected to attend the two-day event, where they’ll enjoy a...
Salt House takes top chip shop title
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Salt House takes top chip shop title

September 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
One of the most tightly-contested categories in the annual LCN Awards is Fish and Chip Shop of the Year – many of the best takeaways in the country compete for the title and our independent judges are usually sorely tested when...
Moving on up…
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Moving on up…

August 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Boojum’s newest restaurant in the centre of Belfast is the highpoint in the Maxwell brothers’ hospitality careers. But David Maxwell tells LCN that it’s only the start of something much bigger… Belfast brothers David and...
Setting the pace
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Setting the pace

August 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Banbridge-born Graham Burns, currently executive head chef at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast, believes that when it comes to servicing the catering requirements of one of the city’s busiest venues, quick-thinking and...