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A place in the country
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A place in the country

March 2nd, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The owners of the Browns restaurant chain in Londonderry and Letterkenny have moved into a new phase of business development with the purchase of a renowned Georgian country retreat at Upperlands… Marcus Roulston and Ian Orr...
Jewel in the Crown
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Jewel in the Crown

January 29th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Danny Rice sees his purchase of The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn as the pinnacle of a successful career in hospitality. He’s transformed the 400-year-old venue in the years since and now works with his two sons to ensure the...
Lucky Jim
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Lucky Jim

January 26th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Jim O’Neill has been building drinks businesses in Northern Ireland for more than 55 years and he’s still at it. He’s been telling LCN the secret of his success… Sometimes in business, you meet people who seem to have...
A suite success
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A suite success

January 21st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Veteran hotelier, Eugene McKeever crowned a successful career in hospitality recently when he collected an MBE from the Queen. Here, he reflects on a lifetime spent in the trade and tells Russell Campbell why he believes that his...
Squaring up to change
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Squaring up to change

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Co-ordinated development is helping to transform opportunities for tourism and economic growth in Northern Ireland’s north-western corner…   Many of us who grew up in Londonderry during the 1970s and 80s will...
No turning back
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No turning back

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Mike Gatt, the Belfast-born GM of Maldron’s newly-rebranded hotel in the heart of Derry City, believes that the venue’s potential is firmly rooted in the region’s long and colourful history and indebted to the 2013 City of...
Talking up the Trade
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Talking up the Trade

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Colin Neill feels that, economically at least, 2014 was ultimately a little disappointing, but he cautions that preoccupation with the negative aspects of the trade can only lead to further difficulties in the future… Speaking...
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...