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That start of something new
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That start of something new

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast’s newest pub and nightclub development is the latest addition to the entertainment portfolio of 1 Oak Leisure Ireland Ltd – and the first time that it has opened a venue in the heart of Belfast. LCN has been talking...
Old Schoolhouse won’t be resting on its laurels
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Old Schoolhouse won’t be resting on its laurels

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Named LCN’s Restaurant of the Year for 2017, The Old Schoolhouse at Comber has always developed its offering to keep pace with changing times. And next in line for refurbishment are the venue’s eight award-winning guest...
Vive la revolucion
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Vive la revolucion

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Revolution Bars Group has chosen the former Café Vaudeville building on Arthur Street in Belfast as the location for the first Irish outlet in its Revolucion de Cuba chain… From the lazily revolving ceiling fans to...
Pimento’s Diane delighted with cafe awards victory
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Pimento’s Diane delighted with cafe awards victory

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diane Gardiner has taken home her first award after 15 years of running her own coffee shop in the County Down village of Moira…   Diane Gardiner, the proprietor of Pimento Coffee Shop in Moira, has described the venue’s...
Historic double win for Armoy’s Scenic Inn
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Historic double win for Armoy’s Scenic Inn

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Scenic Inn made its presence felt at this year’s LCN Awards when it carried off two of the top titles, including the inaugural LCN Community Bar of the Year. Now, with plans already laid for a new 140-seater restaurant at...
The Star shines on
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The Star shines on

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Morning Star is a tradition in Belfast and under its current family ownership, it’s winning a formidable reputation for the quality of its local food offering… Nestled into its cosy niche near the end of historic...
A nose for country style…
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A nose for country style…

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Popular Hillsborough dining pub, The Parson’s Nose, has unveiled a new ‘country chic’ look following a £500,000, 12-week redevelopment programme. The recent £500,000 revamp at The Parson’s Nose in Hillsborough has...
Belfast set for a real taste of Italy
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Belfast set for a real taste of Italy

April 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Sapori Italiani is a family-run and uniquely Italian restaurant in the centre of Newry. Now, however, there are plans to expand the offering into the heart of Belfast… The Cavaliere family has been cultivating the unique taste...
New era beckons at iconic Ballymena venues
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New era beckons at iconic Ballymena venues

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Russell Campbell has been talking to Eugene and Carole McKenna about their ambitious plans for re-development at two of Ballymena’s most recognisable venues… The Grouse in Ballymena recently re-opened the doors following the...
The healthiest of starts
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The healthiest of starts

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Jenny Curran and her partner, Tony O’Neill have turned their shared obsession with the virtues of a truly healthy lifestyle into a thriving hospitality business in Belfast that they hope will eventually become an international...
Kelan puts beef back on the menu
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Kelan puts beef back on the menu

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Intro: Everybody says nice things about the Bull and Ram, the audacious Ballynahinch eatery that represents Derry chef, Kelan McMichael’s first proprietorial foray into the increasingly unforgiving arena of culinary endeavour....
A slow and steady rise
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A slow and steady rise

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Patrick Magee had little experience of the hospitality trade when he opened Havana in Belfast city centre in 2013. Last year, however, he and business partner, Patrick Magowan, enjoyed their most successful trading period to date...
Easy does it for Flax
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Easy does it for Flax

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
There’s been a hostelry of one shade or another near the crossroads at Ballyward in rural County Down for generations – and always with the Turley family name above its door.  Formerly the location of a 19th century flax...
New Square tenant puts health on the menu
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New Square tenant puts health on the menu

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
David Edwards believes that his bright new coffee shop in Lisburn Square is ideally placed to exploit what he sees as a lack of healthy-eating alternatives in the centre of the town… This year’s £5m public realm...
Where everybody knows our name…
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Where everybody knows our name…

December 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Bringing with it a whiff of 19th century New York, The Five Points is an unpretentious and promising addition to the burgeoning entertainment line-up on Belfast’s Dublin Road… The Five Points on the Dublin Road in Belfast...
A Grand design
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A Grand design

December 4th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Rachel Eastwood has been working in the licensing trade for most of her life. Best known as the licensee of Derry’s Grand Central Bar, she’s been telling LCN about the challenges to date and her plans for the future… Derry...