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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...
Investment marks high hopes for Balmoral’s future
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Investment marks high hopes for Balmoral’s future

October 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Balmoral has been a constant of the hospitality scene in Warrenpoint for many decades, but following a recent investment by its owners, it has never looked so well… Warrenpoint hotel, The Balmoral, which has been in the...
Brothers’ new vision for former Townhouse venue
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Brothers’ new vision for former Townhouse venue

October 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Intro: Budding entrepreneur, Peter Ringland (26) and his younger brother, Ben, are among the latest in a new generation of restaurant and hotel operators keen to make their mark on the hospitality scene in Belfast. Brothers Peter...
Historic gaol unveils new restaurant offering
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Historic gaol unveils new restaurant offering

September 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Cuffs Bar & Grill is a new 80-seater licensed restaurant that has been opened inside the former Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. Situated in the old kitchen blocks at the notorious Troubles prison, Cuffs Bar & Grill was...
A labour of love
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A labour of love

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Keith Friel has a host of successful commercial projects to his name, but his involvement in hospitality has brought him most joy. His latest venture is a quirky bistro offering in Derry’s Ebrington Square. Keith Friel is an...
A Noble endeavour
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A Noble endeavour

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
A partnership between two former members of Michael Deane’s restaurant staff has led to the opening of Holywood’s newest eatery… Saul McConnell – well-known to many in his most recent role as front-of-house manager in...
Tradition on tap
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Tradition on tap

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Londonderry’s newest licensed premises – The Guildhall Taphouse in Custom House Street – is also the city’s first craft beer and cocktail bar. Local publican, Rachael Eastwood, is the licensee behind Derry’s newest...
The art of clubbing
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The art of clubbing

August 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Secrets in Magherafelt was named Nightclub of the Year for a second time at the LCN gala awards in June. Russell Campbell has been to the busy mid-Antrim town to see what the fuss is all about… Mid-Ulster dance venue, Secrets,...
New vision for a vintage venue
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New vision for a vintage venue

August 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
After nearly 40 years in business, the Patterson family has spent £500,000 to bring its flagship Hillsborough venue right up to date and introduce the village to a whole new concept in casual pub dining. This summer has seen the...
Designed to shine
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Designed to shine

June 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Belfast restaurateur and international designer, Kris Turnbull says that he was delighted when his fledgling restaurant on the Lisburn Road claimed its second LCN title during this year’s awards. Less than three years since its...
Pub Food title for The Market Yard
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Pub Food title for The Market Yard

June 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
It wasn’t the first time that Limavady venue, The Market Yard, had found itself in the finals of the LCN Awards – but this year, they were finally able to take to the stage as winners. Manager, Anthony Doherty has been...