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The greatest pleasure in life
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The greatest pleasure in life

December 1st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
 Tom and Patricia Gilbert’s steadily expanding organic farm business at Ballylagan near Ballyclare is testament to an increasing consumer demand for healthy, locally-produced fruit, vegetables and meat. Tom has been talking to...
Licensed property market still on the up
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Licensed property market still on the up

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Mark Carron from commercial property agency, Osborne King believes that the current resurgence in non-distressed sales across the licensed sector in Northern Ireland is set to continue into 2016. Earlier in the year, we reported...
Passion for beer stirs a Belfast legend…
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Passion for beer stirs a Belfast legend…

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
An old Belfast ghost story provides a colourful backdrop to the launch of Northern Ireland’s latest craft beer label… There can be few readers from the trade who will have failed to notice the recent surge of interest across...
Sweet spot
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Sweet spot

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
This month’s featured bartender brings a splash of international flavour to the cocktail menu at Belfast’s only licensed patisserie, Miel et Moi… Miel et Moi bartender, Francesca Dalton (24), has been involved in the bar...
The accidental chef
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The accidental chef

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
At 52, Eddie Patrick finds himself leading the kitchen team at Marco Pierre White’s first steakhouse bar and grill in Northern Ireland, at the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast… It’s a far cry from Eddie Patrick’s early...
Moving on up…
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Moving on up…

September 30th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Our featured bartender this month is Roisin McErlain, who looks after the cocktail bar at The Albany on Belfast’s Lisburn Road. Twenty-three-year-old Roisin McErlain, who comes originally from Magherafelt, was in the news...
The spice of life
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The spice of life

September 30th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Twenty-nine-year-old Stephen Forbes – currently head chef at Derry’s only dedicated seafood restaurant, Pier 59 – fell into his kitchen career almost by accident. As a teenager, Stephen Forbes hadn’t been sure what he...
Brand NI needs a focus on food and drink
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Brand NI needs a focus on food and drink

August 31st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Declan Billington of the NI Food and Drink Association believes that we can boost the levels of produce we are currently exporting by building a new image of Northern Ireland that capitalises on our reputation as a clean, green...
Maurice has sights set on the long game
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Maurice has sights set on the long game

August 31st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Lisburn chef, Maurice Stinson has been a fixture at Ed’s Bar and Grill since it opened and while he couldn’t be happier, his long-term plans include going into business for himself… Like many head chefs, Lurgan-born Maurice...
Hospitality Exchange, October 13 and 14
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Hospitality Exchange, October 13 and 14

August 31st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Hospitality Exchange, Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality conference, is set to take place on October 13 and 14 in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.   This annual event has become a prominent feature in the trade calendar with...
Future focus for new tourism chief
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Future focus for new tourism chief

August 31st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
As the new chief executive of Tourism NI, John McGrillen is determined to create a modern agency with a strong digital presence that knows how to capitalise fully on the human resource within its own ranks. He’s been talking to...
Bar Person of the Month: Eugen Blagoci
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Bar Person of the Month: Eugen Blagoci

August 31st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
AM:PM’s Eugene Blagoci says that quality is now the by-word when it comes to the burgeoning local market for cocktails. Consumers are looking for a premium experience, he says, and that’s not going to change any time soon…...
Hat-trick makes LCN Awards history
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Hat-trick makes LCN Awards history

July 10th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Three of LCN’s most sought-after awards have this year gone to the mid-Ulster market town of Magherafelt, where two cutting-edge venues have let operators in Belfast know that they won’t be having things all their own way…...
Eyes front for Sean
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Eyes front for Sean

July 10th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Sean Doyle has had a lifelong fascination with the art of cooking and since his arrival at The Maghera Inn four years ago, the venue’s reputation as a diners’ destination has rocketed. He’s been telling LCN how that has...
The Licensed & Catering News Winners Revealed
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The Licensed & Catering News Winners Revealed

June 10th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Highlights Video Friday night, June 5, saw more than 400 members of the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland come together at The Europa Hotel in Belfast to celebrate at the fifth annual LCN Awards. The event had a special...
A taste for the old school…
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A taste for the old school…

June 9th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Like many successful bar-tenders, Brian Bradley’s fascination with the versatility of alcohol began at a young age… He was just 11 when Brian Bradley began helping out at the Diamond Bar in his native Ballycastle – at that...