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The rise and rise of the hot nut
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The rise and rise of the hot nut

July 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Many pub and cinema operators here will already know how popular hot nuts can be with customers. The Belfast father-and-son team behind the biggest local distributor of the snack – Cachi Foods – have been telling LCN about...
New horizons for chef Derek
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New horizons for chef Derek

June 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Vintage Rooms in Hillsborough are the latest large scale project on chef Derek Patterson’s agenda, but they are just the latest development in a frenetic career that reaches right back to the early 80s. As the Patterson...
Eyes front for Taylor
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Eyes front for Taylor

June 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Like many of those who appear in this monthly feature, bartender Taylor Kirk (26) has been committed to his career in hospitality for most of his working life. Originally from Ballyclare, Taylor Kirk’s first foray into the...
An eye for the seasons
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An eye for the seasons

April 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Chef Danny Millar (44), has worked his way up from humble beginnings in west Belfast to become one of the most familiar faces in Ulster hospitality… Growing up in a busy family with seven siblings vying for their share at...
Falling into place…
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Falling into place…

April 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
David Glass took some time to decide on a career behind the bar, but now he believes he’s truly found his niche… Throughout his late teens and into his twenties, David Glass was never really sure what he wanted to do with his...
Vive la revolution
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Vive la revolution

April 4th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Anthony Farrell is well-known locally as a champion of the current cocktail revolution, but his career path could very easily have followed an entirely different route… As a younger man, Anthony Farrell (35), had no burning...
Up and up for Magherafelt’s Roly
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Up and up for Magherafelt’s Roly

April 4th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Magherafelt chef, Roly Graham (37), is celebrating this month after being named as a regional winner in the recent Irish Restaurant Awards. Roly Graham took the title of Best Chef for County Derry at the Ulster finals recently,...
Business focus as Visit Belfast welcomes new chair
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Business focus as Visit Belfast welcomes new chair

March 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Howard Hastings OBE, the amiable managing director of Hastings Hotels, was last month appointed as the new chairman of Visit Belfast, replacing David Gavaghan, who has chosen to focus on other commitments. Funded and supported by...
Linen Quarter will be Belfast’s new gateway
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Linen Quarter will be Belfast’s new gateway

March 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Exciting plans to transform the Linen Quarter in Belfast would see the area become a busy hub for tourists to the city and bring a welcome boost to hospitality venues in the district… As a region, the Linen Quarter is perhaps,...
New food regulations should mean savings
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New food regulations should mean savings

March 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
It’s thought that fewer than 15 per cent of hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland may be actively preparing for the implementation of new regulations this April which will radically change the manner in which they dispose...
An eye for style…
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An eye for style…

March 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Belfast-born Frankie Cosgrove launched his bartending career at the age of 16 when he abandoned a retail post with Pound World in the city and moved to Café Vaudeville where he became a waiter and bar-backer. He’s been talking...
For the love of food…
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For the love of food…

March 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
For amiable Derry-born chef, author and educator, Emmett McCourt, food – and the story it has to tell – has been a constant journey of love and passion for more than two decades. Emmett McCourt’s culinary career...
No sunset yet for The Sunflower
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No sunset yet for The Sunflower

February 23rd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Owner of the Sunflower public house, Pedro Donald, tells LCN that he won’t be backing down as developers attempt to flatten one of the city’s favourite bars…   Were it not for the unmistakable Belfast lilt evident in...
The return of the Muddlers’ Club
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The return of the Muddlers’ Club

February 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Chef Gareth McCaughey’s first solo venture got underway in 2015 when he opened the doors on a bright, busy little bistro in the heart of Cathedral Quarter. So far, he has avoided a burgeoning menu card by focusing on food and...
A year of recovery
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A year of recovery

February 1st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Osborne King’s Mark Carron says that a surge in appetite among buyers met the increased availability of finance in 2015 to create ideal conditions for recovery in the licensed property market here.   The licensed and...
Playing to your strengths
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Playing to your strengths

January 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Nigel Logan’s innovative flair has transformed his Co. Antrim farm into a heavenly destination for those in search of the best food and drink that NI has to offer… Hillstown Farm near the village of Ahoghill in County Antrim...