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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...
Harbour & Co. is LCN Bar of the Year
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Harbour & Co. is LCN Bar of the Year

June 29th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Harbour & Co., the second venue to be opened in Donaghadee by the Waterworth family, has won LCN’s hotly-contested Bar of the Year title for 2016. Speaking to this magazine after winning the LCN Bar of the Year title, which...
Out with the old as Whig welcomes new era
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Out with the old as Whig welcomes new era

May 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As the Northern Whig swapped its familiar Soviet-era style for a softer and more modern look this month, Horatio Group MD Stephen Magorrian revealed that he’s on the verge of acquiring another premises in the centre of...
Just what you don’t expect
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Just what you don’t expect

May 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Alan Carmichael realised a long-cherished dream when his name went up recently over Ballymoney’s newest bar and bistro offering – but Alan is no stranger to the perils and opportunities of running a business… No-one could...
Going to great lengths…
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Going to great lengths…

May 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The latest addition to the restaurant offering in Stranmillis is Latitude, an easy-going bistro with plenty of international flair. Co-owner, Akhil Tandon, has been talking to LCN. Indian-born Akhil Tandon (35), is the driving...
New look marks 40 years at the Killyhevlin
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New look marks 40 years at the Killyhevlin

May 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As the Watson family celebrate four decades in business in one of Fermanagh’s most recognisable hotel venues, LCN has been looking at the results of the latest, major refurbishment programme. The owners of the 72-room...
Courthouse Bar unveils its bold new look
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Courthouse Bar unveils its bold new look

April 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
It’s taken four years to complete the latest, extensive refurbishment project at Lurgan’s listed Courthouse Bar – but it’s been well worth the wait… Lurgan’s Courthouse Bar entered an exciting new era in April when...
Wheathill sets a new tone for Bangor
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Wheathill sets a new tone for Bangor

April 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
A spot on Gray’s Hill, overlooking Bangor’s picturesque marina, which had been vacant for several years, is back in business as a restaurant thanks to the ambitious efforts of a local couple… Between them, Cameron and Amee...
Third time a charm for IFEX winner, James
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Third time a charm for IFEX winner, James

March 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Opened just nine months ago, Weaver’s Lodge in Gilford is home to this year’s IFEX Chef of the Year title winner, 31-year-old Markethill man, James Richardson… James Richardson, head chef at Weaver’s Lodge in Gilford,...
Restaurant offering lets The Countryman shine
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Restaurant offering lets The Countryman shine

March 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Now a hospitality institution in Ballymena, the Countryman Inn’s acclaimed food offering has helped the venue prosper despite continuing difficulties for licensed premises in NI’s rural areas. Now, the venue is looking...
Making waves in Belfast
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Making waves in Belfast

February 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
It’s now three months since local duo, Patrick Gray and Paul De Francisci brought a taste of Hawaii’s exotic North Shore to Northern Ireland with the opening of the first Northern Irish branch of their distinctive Kua ‘Aina...
It’s all about the beer
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It’s all about the beer

February 22nd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Brewbot on the Ormeau Road in Belfast is the first craft-beer only brewpub in Northern Ireland. It’s also the Belfast headquarters of the design team behind the latest high-tech development in home-brewing hardware. Many...
Strangford Arms shows a new face
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Strangford Arms shows a new face

December 1st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
 The Strangford Arms Hotel has been providing for the needs of visitors to the Newtownards area since the Victorian era. Now, however, a rolling programme of large-scale refurbishment at the venue is helping usher in a bold new...