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New ticketing system for north coast landmark
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New ticketing system for north coast landmark

April 5th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
One of Northern Ireland’s most renowned tourist attractions has become so popular with visitors that the National Trust has introduced a new timed ticketing system. The Trust, which looks after the popular Carrick-a-rede rope...
Green light for new north-west hotel
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Green light for new north-west hotel

March 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A new Holiday Inn Express Hotel is to go ahead in Derry-Londonderry, creating nearly 50 new jobs. The Duddy Group, owned by developer, Brendan Duddy, is behind the £7m project which was first revealed in 2013. The new three-star...
Gobbins project under scrutiny by auditors
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Gobbins project under scrutiny by auditors

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The £7.5m Gobbins cliff path is to receive additional attention from the NI Audit Office during this year’s annual inspection of accounts at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The vaunted tourist attraction has only been...
LCN Awards 2017: Deadline extended!
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LCN Awards 2017: Deadline extended!

March 20th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News is delighted to announce to the trade that we’ve extended the deadline for entries to the seventh LCN Awards. If you haven’t yet submitted your entry for the 2017 competition – which will...
Closing date looms for LCN Awards 2017
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Closing date looms for LCN Awards 2017

March 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
With less than a fortnight to go until entries close for the seventh annual Licensed & Catering News Awards, preparations are well in hand and entries are flooding in. June 2 is the date for the big gala evening at The Europa...
April start date for new wholesale regulations
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April start date for new wholesale regulations

March 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Local hospitality operators should be aware that important changes to rules around the wholesale supply of alcohol are about to come into force. The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) – designed to help HM Revenue...
NI food venues top UK hygiene ratings
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NI food venues top UK hygiene ratings

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hospitality venues in Lisburn and Castlereagh City have been revealed as the top performers in the UK when it comes to food hygiene. New nationwide rankings show that every food business in the region has been awarded either four...
Norwegian Air to re-establish US link
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Norwegian Air to re-establish US link

February 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Norwegian Air is to re-establish a link between Belfast and the US that was lost in January when United Airlines withdrew its New York connection. It is understood that the low-cost carrier will introduce services from Belfast...
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...