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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...
A sweet new look
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A sweet new look

December 1st, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The arrival of Sweet Afton on Brunswick Street in Belfast caps a three-phase, £1m investment in the premises that’s helping to revitalise the city’s growing Linen Quarter… Just before Halloween this year, the covers...
High hopes for a northern star
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High hopes for a northern star

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Long-established north coast venue, Shenanigans, has new owners and a new head chef and as the first phase in a two-year, £1m refurbishment project is unveiled, LCN has been talking to the owners and the head chef behind the...
The best is yet to come
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The best is yet to come

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Belfast’s iconic Hatfield Bar on the Ormeau Road has just entered the latest stage of its 144-year evolution following another significant investment by its owners, the Cassidy family. LCN has been to see the results… You...
Hop on over
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Hop on over

November 5th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Recent investment at one of Bangor’s most popular entertainment venues has created an edgy new attraction for revellers in the busy seaside resort… There can’t be many pub-goers in the Bangor area who don’t have fond...