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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...
Doing the new thing
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Doing the new thing

January 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Michael Deane’s protégé, Danni Barry stormed into local headlines in 2015 when she helped her uber-successful employer to realise his long-cherished ambition of regaining a Michelin Star. Danni, who is head chef at Eipic in...
Eyes front for drinks giant
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Eyes front for drinks giant

January 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Intro: Now two years into his tenure as Diageo NI’s country director, Jorge Lopes has set a focus on growth at the centre of his plans for the regional operation. He’s been talking to Russell Campbell… While drinks giant,...
Have bar, will travel…
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Have bar, will travel…

January 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Veteran rural publican Pat Hamill sidestepped the decline in bar receipts at his pub near Broughshane in County Antrim by launching an ambitious mobile bar business. It’s been very successful and now he has plans for further...
A place in the country
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A place in the country

January 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The north coast is hardly lacking when it comes to quality B&B’s, but Sharon and David Schindler’s boutique guesthouse, just a mile from the town, has no equal… Shola Coach House, Sharon and David Schindler’s stunning...
Challenges clear for new Federation president
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Challenges clear for new Federation president

January 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Ciaran O’Neill has been busy lately as he takes on the president’s role at the NI Hotels Federation and co-ordinates the opening of new boutique hotel in his native Londonderry. He’s been talking to Russell Campbell…...
That’s the way to do it!
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That’s the way to do it!

December 1st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Dutchman, Joery Castel , brought his own culinary style with him when he arrived here from Holland in 2008. Now his thriving little Bangor eatery has become the first restaurant in NI to be listed in the Sunday Times’ Top 100...
Moving on up
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Moving on up

December 1st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Like many of those who appear in the Bar Person of the Month feature, 33-year-old Eamon Loye has worked in the drinks industry here since his early teens. For Newry-born Eamon Loye, his career began at the age of 15 when he was...