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Slow Food Festival back in the north-west
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Slow Food Festival back in the north-west

September 11th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Northern Ireland’s only Slow Food Festival, organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, will celebrate its return to Guildhall Square next month with the launch of two new high quality local food and drink products...
Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend
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Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend

September 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The much-anticipated new Titanic Hotel Belfast will open its doors to the public this Sunday, September 10, at noon. After almost two years of restoration, construction and preservation of the former Harland & Wolff Drawing...
Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand
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Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand

August 17th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diageo has completed its acquisition of a super-premium tequila brand that was co-founded by Hollywood actor, George Clooney.   The Guinness brewer has spent around £789m to secure Casamigos, which was founded in 2013 by...
RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north
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RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north

August 16th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Irish government looks likely to approve legislation which will end the State’s 90-year ban on Good Friday alcohol sales. The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 also contains provisions that would allow...
Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended
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Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended

August 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
UPDATE: EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Up to 15 per cent off when you book your place at Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit before AUGUST 8. Huge numbers of the region’s best retailers, decision-makers,...
Harp tees up NI Open golf deal
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Harp tees up NI Open golf deal

August 2nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Golf fans who attend this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena will have the opportunity to savour a cold pint of Harp while the professionals battle it out on the lush greens and fairways. The...
Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI
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Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI

July 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Long-term disaffection among venue-owners in NI over the cost of maintaining a Sky TV licence may be coming to a head as trade body Hospitality Ulster calls for a full investigation into pricing practices for pubs here. Accusing...
Shu’s helping hand for budding chefs
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Shu’s helping hand for budding chefs

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Do you know your sauté from your simmer? Do you have a passion for all things culinary and an ability to rival any young MasterChef hopeful? If so, and if you’re aged between 16 and 24 and are looking for a serious career in...
Scottish Mutual building confirmed for George Best hotel
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Scottish Mutual building confirmed for George Best hotel

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
GB-based Signature Living has confirmed that it will build its promises George Best-themed hotel in the former Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast city centre. The company purchased the building recently from its former owners,...
Dunadry Inn sold to the McKeever Group
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Dunadry Inn sold to the McKeever Group

June 19th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The McKeever family, which owns four hotels in Northern Ireland and Co. Donegal, has just bought The Dunadry Inn at Templepatrick for an undisclosed sum. The addition of the 80-bedroom hotel with health, leisure and spa...
Apprenticeship programme celebrates culinary excellence
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Apprenticeship programme celebrates culinary excellence

June 16th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Leading figures from hospitality and tourism recently attended a celebration at James Street South in Belfast as participants in the restaurant’s apprenticeship programme graduated. Six of the trainees have now secured jobs...
Chic new Gallery Cafe sets the trend
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Chic new Gallery Cafe sets the trend

June 14th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A stylish new café and bar on the Dublin Road has officially opened, creating 32 full and part-time jobs, as part of a £1m investment by the London-based Richland Group. Situated on the ground floor of the award-winning Gallery...
Landmark line-up to inspire Ireland’s convenience retailers
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Landmark line-up to inspire Ireland’s convenience retailers

June 12th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A stunning collection of some of the world’s most respected retail minds is set to inspire Ireland’s blossoming convenience retail industry at a landmark event taking place in September. The Ireland’s Convenience Retailer...
LCN Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran hotelier, John
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LCN Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran hotelier, John

June 5th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Veteran hotelier, John Williamson MBE, proprietor of The Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown, is the recipient of the Licensed & Catering News Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017, sponsored by RiverRidge. John, his wife, Sally and...
Bubbacue set for second Belfast site
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Bubbacue set for second Belfast site

May 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Bubbacue, the Belfast-based restaurant business, is to open a second branch in the city at a location on Botanic Avenue formerly occupied by Café Renoir. John Blissard, the American who owns the Bubbacue brand, said recently...
Belfast-bound bar group facing cost challenges
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Belfast-bound bar group facing cost challenges

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The London-based hospitality group behind plans for the redevelopment of the building formerly occupied by Café Vaudeville in Belfast has admitted that it’s facing unexpected cost challenges. Shares in the Revolution Bars...