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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 James McNeilly
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...
Niall McKenna named UU Visiting Professor
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Niall McKenna named UU Visiting Professor

December 7th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Ulster University has appointed leading Belfast chef, restaurateur, and business owner, Niall McKenna as a Visiting Professor for a four-year period.   During his tenure at Ulster University’s Business School, Niall, long...
£6m Windsor Park deal for Sodexo
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£6m Windsor Park deal for Sodexo

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Catering firm, Sodexo, has signed a £6m contract with the new Windsor Park stadium in Belfast. The company will provide food and beverage, retail and hospitality services at the venue as part of a five-year deal. It will also...
Producers showcased in Causeway ‘foodie’ film series
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Producers showcased in Causeway ‘foodie’ film series

December 4th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Local food producers from the Causeway Coast and Glens have been celebrated in a new series of short films. The project, by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Tourism Team, has been developed as part of the NI Year of...
Titanic Belfast is ‘King of the World’
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Titanic Belfast is ‘King of the World’

December 2nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Titanic Belfast has been crowned ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives. Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe’s...
Graze to showcase Doran family wines
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Graze to showcase Doran family wines

November 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
South African vineyard owner, Edwin Doran will be pairing his sumptious Doran Family Vintners wines with the acclaimed culinary skills of Graze restaurant owner and chef, John Moffatt in an event at the Ballyhackamore venue...
SERC students shine at cookery demo
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SERC students shine at cookery demo

November 16th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
South Eastern Regional College (SERC) hospitality students served-up a locally produced three-course meal recently to local chefs, restaurateurs and alumni students at the College’s training restaurant, The Birches. The event...
Planning approval for two Belfast hotel projects
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Planning approval for two Belfast hotel projects

November 16th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Belfast City Council has given the green light to two more extensive hotel projects. Plans by brothers Peter and Ben Ringland for a 56-bedroom hotel in Howard Street received approval from council last night (November 15). And an...
Harp ad captures the best of Northern Ireland
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Harp ad captures the best of Northern Ireland

November 15th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Harp has launched ‘Pure Here’, a brand new creative campaign that celebrates the distinctive people, places, sense of humour and idiosyncrasies that make up Northern Ireland. The ‘Pure Here’ TV advert launched recently in...