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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...
A tale of two cities…
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A tale of two cities…

June 9th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The acclaimed York Hotel in Portstewart was recently sold, just in tome to catch the trade from this year’s North-West 200 motorcycle race.     LCN has been talking to licensed property specialists, Mark Carron...
No regrets for chef Adrian
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No regrets for chef Adrian

June 9th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
This month, LCN meets Co. Derry-born Adrian McDaid, executive head chef at The Europa Hotel. Adrian McDaid, the executive head chef at The Europa in Belfast, has come a long way from his early days in the Ballymaclary House at...
Announcing the Finalists for the 2015 LCN Awards
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Announcing the Finalists for the 2015 LCN Awards

May 22nd, 2015 | by Clare Hiles
Licensed & Catering News Magazine is pleased to reveal the full list of finalists for the 2015 LCN Awards! This highly-anticipated gala awards evening gathers together the very best of the hospitality industry to celebrate...
On the Northern Irish whiskey trail
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On the Northern Irish whiskey trail

May 8th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Publican Vincent Hurl’s passion for Irish whiskey is behind the creation of an exciting new initiative aimed at visitors and locals who share his abiding love of the product. The Bellaghy man has designed The Northern Irish...
Bright future for iconic Troubles prison
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Bright future for iconic Troubles prison

April 21st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The colourful – and often bleak – history of the notorious gaol on Belfast’s Crumlin Road is helping the current operators of the site establish a thriving tourist trade and conferencing business on the site. Visitors and...
Speaking up for tourism
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Speaking up for tourism

April 20th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Howard Hastings OBE, who steps down shortly as chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland, has been with the agency through the most successful and productive phase of its history. Widely regarded for his passionate advocacy on behalf...
Testing the boundary
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Testing the boundary

March 6th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
There will soon be as many as 20 independent breweries operating in Northern Ireland – a far cry from the situation a decade or two ago. LCN has been talking to the latest arrival, Matthew Dick of Belfast’s Boundary...
It’s all in the mix…
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It’s all in the mix…

March 6th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
From the bartender’s perspective, one of the most attractive aspects of working with cocktails is their versatility. The only limit on the mixologist’s creativity is the availability of the raw materials and the current...
The story so far
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The story so far

March 2nd, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Award-winning Kilkeel chef, Shaun Hanna, certainly hasn’t stood still since he launched his career almost 20 years ago, but these days, he’s sticking closer to home with an exciting restaurant and deli project at Banbridge....