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Soda & Starch aims to be a home from home
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Soda & Starch aims to be a home from home

April 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Ciaran O’Neill and Raymond Moran have been showing LCN around Soda & Starch, their bijou little eatery in the centre of a resurgent Derry city… Derry-Londonderry’s Craft Village is a jewel, hidden away in the centre of...
A step in the right direction
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A step in the right direction

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The current round of investment at Kelly’s complex on the north coast is complete with the opening of The Pizza Library, a 56-seater family restaurant with an authentic Italian style… The doors have only just opened on latest...
From locks to lattes
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From locks to lattes

February 28th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Peter McCloskey is known to many people as an award-winning hairstylist and the driving force behind local barbering brand, Peter Oliver, but he’s less well-known as an emerging restaurateur and the proprietor of a burgeoning...
Looking to new horizons
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Looking to new horizons

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
2018 is likely to be something of a seminal year for Belfast restaurateur, Tony O’Neill, and his wife, Andrea. By the time you read this, Tony and Andrea O’Neill will probably have opened Buba, their new restaurant in the...
The year of the goat
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The year of the goat

January 29th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Cathedral Quarter’s latest arrival adds a little more to the fun-loving, off-the-wall aura that pervades the area. But for the Downey group of bars and clubs, tourism is still a serious business… Michele Downey sighs with...
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November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Celebrating two years in business in October this year, Chapter V in Moy represents the realisation of executive chef Conor McCabrey’s burning ambition to create a quality restaurant experience that was all of his own making…...
Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s
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Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Billy Andy’s traditional Irish pub on the Browndod Road near Larne is one of only a handful of venues from Northern Ireland considered worthy of a mention in the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide – and it’s not hard...
What more could you want?
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What more could you want?

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Award-winning local chef, Kelan McMichael has realised a long-cherished dream by opening a second restaurant under his distinctive Bull & Ram brand – this time in the heart of Belfast. Serendipity undeniably played in role...
Engineering a bright future for Brunel’s
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Engineering a bright future for Brunel’s

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Newcastle chef, Paul Cunningham, puts his best foot forward as his restaurant project, Brunel’s, relocates to bespoke new premises in the centre of town… Popular Newcastle restaurant, Brunel’s, opened the doors in...
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...