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Alex is wild about beer!
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Alex is wild about beer!

June 25th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Alex Tennant can make a couple of fairly unusual claims to fame. For one thing, there can’t be too many women in Belfast who own their own craft brewery. The Belfast Brewing Company – which hopes to get properly underway in...
Beef like no other
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Beef like no other

June 16th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Russell Campbell has ventured to the heart of the Nine Glens to learn more about the origins of the remarkably successful Glenarm Shorthorn Beef – a much-favoured delicacy in some of London’s best restaurants and a top...
Birthday bash marks Parlour’s 280th year
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Birthday bash marks Parlour’s 280th year

April 15th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Jim Cook and his wife, Dawn, have reversed the fortunes of the oldest bar in Newtownards since taking ownership of the once-ailing venue two years ago. Built in 1735, The Parlour Bar has now been offering hospitality for a...
Devilishly good…
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Devilishly good…

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
It’s now a year since Darren Nugent added his fledgling microbrewery in County Tyrone to the province’s tiny portfolio of traditional ale manufactories. And now the first batch of product is ready to be sampled… Darren...
Foreign markets beckon for NI fit out firms
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Foreign markets beckon for NI fit out firms

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
One of those firms doing well outside NI is McCue – the Albany in Belfast (pictured) was completed by the Carrickfergus firm at the end of the summer.   Many locally-based fit-out firms in the hospitality and leisure...
Celebrating the Great Ulster Pub
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Celebrating the Great Ulster Pub

April 14th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Gareth Stewart, Cool FM presenter; Colin Neill, CEO of Pubs of Ulster; Miss Northern Ireland, Meagan Green; Gary Myles, Downtown radio presenter and Mark Stewart, Pubs of Ulster chairman check out the action at Bob Stewart’s...
Watch this space
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Watch this space

April 10th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Jorge Lopes is giving little away in his first press interview since taking over at the helm of Diageo NI. But he comes to Belfast with an impressive track record and a focus on further improving the drinks giant’s...
A glass half full
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A glass half full

April 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
  Gerry Carlile, an entrepreneur whose late entry into the hospitality trade has transformed a number of well-known venues across west Belfast, is keen to curb what he says is a persistent trend towards negativity in the...
Business award for top hotelier, Claire
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Business award for top hotelier, Claire

April 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Claire Hunter is pictured outside the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle which she co-owns with her business partner, Colum McLornan.   Hotelier, Claire Hunter (39), from Armoy in rural County Antrim, has just been named as...
Back in the Blue Room days
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Back in the Blue Room days

March 27th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Valley Hotel patrons with fond memories of evenings spent at the hotel’s old Blue Room bar in the 70s and 80s enjoyed a rare chance to re-live those memories recently when the Fivemiletown venue staged a reunion get-together....
Bell rings the changes at Galgorm
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Bell rings the changes at Galgorm

March 18th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Renowned County Antrim chef, Chris Bell is now the driving force at the new Eagle Bar and Grill on the Galgorm Castle Estate near Ballymena. His arrival is part of an ongoing, multi-million pound development at the leading...
Future perfect
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Future perfect

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Rodney Watson’s family made Ulster’s stunning Lakelands their home when they took on the Killyhevlin Hotel near Enniskillen in the mid-70s. Now a well-established figure in NI tourist circles generally, Rodney believes that...
Devilishly good
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Devilishly good

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
It’s now a year since Darren Nugent added his fledgling microbrewery in County Tyrone to the province’s tiny portfolio of traditional ale manufactories. And now the first batch of product is ready to be sampled… Darren...
Minding the Gap
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Minding the Gap

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Sean Owens takes a realistic view of hospitality training in Northern Ireland, acknowledging that more attention needs to be paid in some areas. He’s also keen to see more collaboration between educators and the industry…...
Up to scratch
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Up to scratch

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Chef Darren Iddon is in the vanguard of a restaurant renaissance in Londonderry and he’s been speaking to Russell Campbell… When chef, Darren Iddon, opened his own restaurant at Queen’s Quay in Derry during the summer, he...
Foreign market beckons for NI fit-out firms.
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Foreign market beckons for NI fit-out firms.

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Many locally-based fit-out firms in the hospitality and leisure sectors have busy order books, but it seems that increasingly, those contracts will be located outside Northern Ireland, writes Russell Campbell… The news that...