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Belfast embraces a taste of Mexico
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Belfast embraces a taste of Mexico

September 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Belfast’s first authentic Mexican taqueria – or taco shop – has opened its doors as a pop-up above the Mourne Seafood Bar on Bank Street, Belfast. Chef, Adam Lynas (35) and his Mexican partner, Eliza Vignolle, are behind La...
GB showcase lets NI food and drink shine
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GB showcase lets NI food and drink shine

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Some of the province’s most high-profile food and drink producers were in Derbyshire during September for two evenings hosted by celebrity chef, Rupert Rowley and designed to showcase the quality of Northern Irish produce....
ICTU calls for end to RoI hospitality VAT rate
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ICTU calls for end to RoI hospitality VAT rate

September 26th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has called for the abolition of the Republic’s preferential nine per cent VAT rate for businesses in the hospitality and tourism, claiming that “the tax break has done nothing for...
Street furniture charging plans condemned
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Street furniture charging plans condemned

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
A plan by Belfast City Council to cash-in on plans to allow food and drink businesses in the city to place chairs and tables on the street outside has been condemned as a “sunshine tax” by Hospitality Ulster. The Licensing of...
Sweet theme for Killyleagh fine food event
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Sweet theme for Killyleagh fine food event

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As thousands of chocoholics and foodies gear up for the highly-anticipated return of the biennial Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, outstanding chefs from Northern Ireland and further afield are working with...
Profits surge for Dalata hotel group
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Profits surge for Dalata hotel group

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Irish hotel group, Dalata, which currently owns two hotels in Northern Ireland, saw its revenue jump by 33 per cent to a healthy €130.1m in the six months to the end of June. Dalata, which owns the Maldron hotel in Londonderry...
Pop-up restaurant shines at Hillsborough festival
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Pop-up restaurant shines at Hillsborough festival

September 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Hundreds of guests were treated to a dazzling dining experience recently at the Smeg Pop-up Restaurant which featured on this year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival programme. Local chefs Derek Patterson from The...
Titanic Belfast named Best Attraction in Europe
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Titanic Belfast named Best Attraction in Europe

September 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Titanic Belfast has beaten Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower and The Colosseum to be named Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in Sardinia. It is the first time an attraction in Northern...
Catering holds its own despite Brexit fears
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Catering holds its own despite Brexit fears

September 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Research made available this week suggests that the catering sector has so far withstood fears of a downturn in the wake of the Brexit vote. The data, which comes from independent job site, CV-Library and includes statistics for...
Curran Court Hotel now on the market
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Curran Court Hotel now on the market

August 30th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Curran Court Hotel in Larne is now on the market just weeks after being placed into administration. The 33-bedroom hotel on the Redlands Road, which is owned and run by Crawford Leitch, has traded in the coastal town since...
Plans revealed for new Belfast rooftop bar
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Plans revealed for new Belfast rooftop bar

August 24th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News can reveal that Belfast’s newest hotel – the £4m Bullitt Belfast which is currently being developed by the Beannchor Group – will feature a dramatic new 3000 sq ft rooftop bar that includes an...
Guinness renews rugby PRO12 sponsor deal
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Guinness renews rugby PRO12 sponsor deal

August 23rd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
PRO12 Rugby has announced that Guinness will continue as title sponsor of the Guinness PRO12 Rugby Championship for another four years until 2020, continuing the strong partnership with the competition that began in 2014. The...
The LCN Awards 2017: Launched
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The LCN Awards 2017: Launched

August 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News is delighted to announce that our annual hospitality awards – now the biggest event in the local industry’s calendar – have been launched for 2017. Now recognised as the gold standard of...
Foodservice supplier award for North Down Group
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Foodservice supplier award for North Down Group

August 19th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
A growth rate of 38 per cent and investment in the business were two of the factors that contributed to the North Down Group being named as Foodservice Supplier of the Year at a major food awards in London, organised by the UK...
Exploris aquarium to re-open on Monday
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Exploris aquarium to re-open on Monday

August 12th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
This Monday, August 15, will see the Exploris aquarium in Portaferry re-open to the public, following a two-year closure. A £1.5m investment has transformed the popular tourist attraction, which now features more fish and new...
Finalists named in NI Hennessy Connoisseurs’ competition
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Finalists named in NI Hennessy Connoisseurs’ competition

August 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Eleven bartenders from Northern Ireland have been named as finalists in the Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge and will go on to compete to win a prestigious training scholarship with the world’s most iconic cognac brand. The 11...