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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 James McNeilly
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 James McNeilly
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 James McNeilly
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 James McNeilly
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 James McNeilly
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...