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Star Man
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Star Man

January 16th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Michael Deane is one of the most recognisable faces of Ulster hospitality. Proprietor of seven diverse restaurants in Belfast, he shares the credit for transforming the city’s food culture and holds the record for the...
The Midas Touch
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The Midas Touch

January 16th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
His is, perhaps, one of the most recognisable faces across the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland today. Still hugely active at the age of 86, his stewardship has transformed the family business into one of the most successful...
Bound by bureaucracy
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Bound by bureaucracy

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The scourge of red tape – the bane of many a busy publican’s life – is currently coming under intense scrutiny as a special inquiry led by trade body, Pubs of Ulster, begins to uncover the exact extent of the mountain of...
The perfect festive pairing
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The perfect festive pairing

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Christmas is a busy time for any venue selling food and while wine is a natural fit for any festive table, but Belfast brewer and beer enthusiast, Alex Tennant says that increasingly, bistros, pubs and restaurants are exploring...
Second time around for Michael
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Second time around for Michael

December 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
County Down entrepreneur and business man, Michael Cafolla, entered into his second stint as chair of the local branch of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) in May with a promise to raise the profile of the organisation in...
Dalata Hotel Group eyeing Belfast expansion?
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Dalata Hotel Group eyeing Belfast expansion?

December 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Pat McCann, chief executive of Dalata, has hinted that the acquisitive Dublin-based hotel group is looking at expansion into Belfast…   Pat McCann, the amiable chief executive of the Dublin-based Dalata Hotel Group, has...
An open market?
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An open market?

December 1st, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The Belfast Christmas Market has been taking place on the grounds of the city hall for more than six years now, but what effect does the spectacle have on trade for permanent hospitality operators in the city centre and how does...
In defence of difference
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In defence of difference

October 24th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Veteran local chef, Raymond McArdle, a well-known face across the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland, was back in the limelight recently when he represented Northern Ireland in the Great British Menu for the second time. He...
All the little things
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All the little things

October 24th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Wetherspoon’s CEO, Derry-born Tim Martin was back in the province recently for one of his frequent visits to the chain’s premises here. He met Russell Campbell at The Bridge House in Belfast to explain why he still believes...
The Tourism 2020 Debate
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The Tourism 2020 Debate

October 1st, 2014 | by LCN Editor
This major element of the Hospitality Exchange programme will see a panel of high-profile hospitality figures discuss some of the trade’s most pressing issues. Margaret Ritchie MP, who has championed the case for a reduction in...
Irish food heritage project takes to the road
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Irish food heritage project takes to the road

September 29th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Local artisan suppliers support the public launch of the Food Cookery Demonstration Theatre and Roadshow (L-R), Leona Kane and daughter Emily (Broighter Gold); Emmet McCourt, Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson; Alison Leighton from...
Tributes paid following death of Rodney Watson
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Tributes paid following death of Rodney Watson

September 26th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Rodney Watson (59), MBE, the co-owner of the Killyhevlin Hotel near Enniskillen, died suddenly in his sleep at his home in early September. Mr. Watson was a well-known and respected figure in the local hospitality trade. Raised...
Baptism of fire
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Baptism of fire

August 13th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Alan Clarke will shortly retire from his post as chief executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. In this  interview, he tells Russell Campbell that he believes Northern Ireland is still struggling to be heard within the...
Sunshine launch signals Tennent’s creative intent
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Sunshine launch signals Tennent’s creative intent

August 12th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
    Tennent’s NI moved into the local limelight again this month with the trade launch of its latest offering, Clonmel 1650, a light and distinctive Irish lager. This was a timely launch for Tennent’s NI, part of...
Inspiring, innovative and informative
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Inspiring, innovative and informative

August 6th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
If you work in the hospitality sector, you will know that the success of your business is a vibrant cocktail of service, innovation and lots of small details. It’s often difficult to keep up with the pace of change and engage...
Killough’s Chris is Bar Person of the Year
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Killough’s Chris is Bar Person of the Year

July 23rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Chris Feenan shows off his trophy and certificate after winning the title of LCN Bar Person of the Year 2014 This year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards were probably the most successful and widely enjoyed in the four-year...