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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...
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...