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Suspended sentence for NI chef on drugs charges
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Suspended sentence for NI chef on drugs charges

February 15th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A chef from Northern Ireland has received a suspended gaol sentence for possession of cocaine, LSD and cannabis. Formerly head chef at Ardtara in Upperlands, Eddie Atwell (30), is now head chef at St. Kyrans County House in...
Eoin is new GM at The Culloden
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Eoin is new GM at The Culloden

February 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hastings Hotels has announced the appointment of Eoin O’Sullivan as the new general manager of its five-star Culloden Estate & Spa. With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Eoin has spent the...
Percy French takes Best in Ulster title
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Percy French takes Best in Ulster title

February 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
THE Percy French in Newcastle is celebrating being top of the leaderboard after it was named the Best Golfers Restaurant in Ulster at the 2017 Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards. The awards, which took place in Carton House Hotel in...
George Best-themed hotel for Belfast
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George Best-themed hotel for Belfast

February 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A hotel developer with plans for a George Best-themed venue in Manchester has revealed that he hopes to open a similar property in Belfast. Lawrence Kenwright, founder of Signature Living, said on Friday that he hopes to have...
Diageo unveils plans for new Irish whiskey distillery
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Diageo unveils plans for new Irish whiskey distillery

February 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diageo is to launch a new premium blended Irish Whiskey called Roe & Co. The company has also announced an £18.6m (€25m) investment in a new whiskey distillery in the former power station at St. James’s Gate in Dublin....
NI hotels ranked in Trip Advisor UK Top 25
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NI hotels ranked in Trip Advisor UK Top 25

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Two Northern Irish hotels have made it into the UK’s Top 25 listing, announced as part of the annual Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Based on guest reviews, Bishop’s Gate hotel in Derry-Londonderry has been named in...
Green’s Pizzeria chasing expansion approval
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Green’s Pizzeria chasing expansion approval

January 24th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Green’s Pizzeria on the Lisburn Road has applied for planning permission for an expansion that would mean 10 new jobs at the famous local outlet and an increased seating capacity from 30 to 50 diners. The plans, which are...
Summit focuses on food and drink potential
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Summit focuses on food and drink potential

January 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
This April will see the return of NI Hotel Federation’s Taste of Tourism Summit when businesses here will be able to learn how they can use local food and drink produce to attract new customers, improve their profits and...
SERC trio through to Chef Challenge semis
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SERC trio through to Chef Challenge semis

January 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Young chefs from the South-Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-final of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2017 competition after their paper-based entry wowed the judges. Team members David Magee, Andrew...
Titanic Belfast launches recruitment drive
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Titanic Belfast launches recruitment drive

January 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Titanic Belfast is recruiting 60 frontline staff  as it gears up for its summer high season. Following a record-breaking 2016, having won the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, welcomed its three millionth visitor and...
Belfast’s top ten cosiest pubs for Christmas
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Belfast’s top ten cosiest pubs for Christmas

December 15th, 2016 | by lcn
Belfast’s top ten cosiest pubs for Christmas What better way to enjoy the festive spirit than relax in a comfy chair before the glowing embers of an open fire with a glass of something warming in one of Belfast’s many...
Hospitality boost as weak pound lifts business
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Hospitality boost as weak pound lifts business

December 14th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Brexit vote and a weakening of the pound is helping reverse the fortunes of hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland. For some time, exchange rates and the glaring differential in VAT levels between the two jurisdictions...
Hotel report points to growth across NI
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Hotel report points to growth across NI

December 13th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Hotel Federation report points to growth across NI, but some worries persist over staff recruitment. A new report from the NI Hotels Federation (NIHF) has found evidence that the strong performance which has characterised the...
Ten Square opens doors on first phase of £18m expansion
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Ten Square opens doors on first phase of £18m expansion

December 12th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Ten Square hotel in the centre of Belfast has just completed the first phase in a planned expansion to its premises on Donegall Square. The hotel welcomed the first guests to the former Lancashire House office building next door...
Cosmo chain set to open in RoI
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Cosmo chain set to open in RoI

December 9th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Cosmo restaurant chain, which has outlets in 16 UK cities, including Belfast, has announced that it is to open in Dublin within the next 18 months, creating more than 150 new jobs. The first new outlet has been planned for...
Trade on a high as festive rush builds
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Trade on a high as festive rush builds

December 8th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As the headlong rush into the key Christmas season gets underway, the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland is looking to make the most of the year’s key selling period. Among Belfast venues, optimism was very high during the...