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Chich new look puts iconic Apartment back in vogue
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Chich new look puts iconic Apartment back in vogue

July 10th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The Apartment is one of Belfast city centre’s most popular and iconic venues and now, following phase one of a large scale refurbishment, it has a bold new look that includes a stylish roof terrace… It’s become one of...
Getting a life
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Getting a life

July 10th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Niall McKenna’s Belfast restaurants have gained some impressive plaudits recently as the group sets new standards in the city for aesthetics, innovation and good food. He’s been telling Russell Campbell about his...
New era beckons for the Crosskeys
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New era beckons for the Crosskeys

June 9th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
  The Crosskeys Inn near Toomebridge is the oldest thatched pub in Ireland, but a protracted battle to secure financial backing has seen ambitious plans for development at the venue stalled for many years… Vincent Hurl...
The natural thing to do
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The natural thing to do

June 9th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
With the advent of Pier 59, diners and tourists in Derry no longer have to trek to neighbouring Donegal for their seafood fix. LCN has been talking to one of its proprietors, Una Kincaid… Pier 59 is Derry’s only dedicated...
Backpacker chic
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Backpacker chic

April 20th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Frankie and Andy Hill’s Portrush Townhouse is like no other seaside hostel we’ve ever seen. LCN has been taking a look inside this charming seaside getaway where a little luxury needn’t cost the earth… It’s not what...
All the little things
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All the little things

April 20th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
Lavery’s is a name that’s been well known across the hospitality trade in Belfast for generations. Now, following recent refurbishment, the Bradbury Place venue is looking shinier than ever. Bernard Lavery has been talking to...
Late to the party
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Late to the party

February 25th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
By any standards, thirty-six-year-old Sean Harrigan’s kitchen career has been a little unusual. The head chef and co-owner of successful Londonderry restaurant, The Sooty Olive has never received any formal culinary education....
A place in the country
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A place in the country

January 19th, 2015 | by LCN Editor
The Maghera Inn near Dundrum is a perfect example of a quality rural pub and restaurant where attention to detail has gelled with good food and a comfortable village ambience to deliver an award-winning formula. Hospitality...
North coast’s Anchor claims Pub Food title
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North coast’s Anchor claims Pub Food title

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The Anchor Bar complex in Portstewart beat some strong competition at this year’s LCN Awards in June to claim the Pub Food of the Year title. GM Danny Coyles has been talking to Russell Campbell…   When many of us think...
Fish and chips – but better!
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Fish and chips – but better!

December 5th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
You might not expect to find a cutting-edge approach to fast-food carry-out in the depths of rural County Antrim, but chip-lovers in the village of Ahoghill, near Ballymena, are relishing the arrival of a family-owned business...
Quite a Katch
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Quite a Katch

December 3rd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Perched on the coastline at Kircubbin is a modest little Bistro called Katch 27. It first opened its doors in 2011 as a hobby for partners David Cardwell and Leigh Gamble, but three years on, it’s earned a great reputation and...
New era for The Linen Quarter
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New era for The Linen Quarter

December 2nd, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Prestigious London club brand, Chinawhite, has arrived in Belfast and LCN has been among the first to take a look inside the city’s latest entertainment venue – part of a three-stage development that should see this part...
New regime at The Kremlin
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New regime at The Kremlin

December 1st, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Owner of the Kremlin complex, Anthea Wilson, director of Anthology NI, is pictured with Daniel Allen, general manager at the iconic Belfast venue.     Probably the best known of Northern Ireland’s small crop of gay...
Occupational therapy
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Occupational therapy

October 24th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
When psychotherapist, Maureen Courtney and her partner, Terry Arthurs decided they wanted to run their own B&B as part of Maureen’s counselling practice, they packed up their home in Herfordshire and relocated to the...
To the manor born
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To the manor born

September 29th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
John and Louise Mathers’ beautiful Georgian home near Magheralin in County Down was able to rise above some formidable opposition at this year’s LCN Awards gala evening in June to claim the brand new title of Guesthouse of...
Portstewart’s Anchor claims Pub Food title
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Portstewart’s Anchor claims Pub Food title

September 26th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
General manager, Danny Coyles, with his trophy for LCN Pub Food of the Year.   When many of us think of Portstewart, we immediately picture its lovely Victorian promenade which seems to be perpetually thronged with visitors....