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Here’s to a proper bar
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Here’s to a proper bar

September 26th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Veteran Belfast bar man, Gerry White, was delighted in June when The John Hewitt pub in Donegall Street claimed the title of LCN Bar of the Year despite some challenging competition. He’s been talking to Russell Campbell… In...
Secrets revealed…
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Secrets revealed…

August 13th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Hospitality entrepreneur, Henry McGlone and his wife, Teresa, have just unveiled their newest venture in Magherafelt… The new £1.5m Secrets nightclub is part of an entertainment complex in the south Londonderry town of...
The Old Inn marks 400 years
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The Old Inn marks 400 years

August 13th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn celebrates its 400th year in business in 2014 and Russell Campbell has been to the Co. Down village to talk to director, Garvan Rice, about the challenge of maintaining and marketing a centuries-old...
Artisan for the masses
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Artisan for the masses

August 6th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Damien Garvey (pictured) and his brother, Adrian, have high hopes for their burgeoning artisan coffee house chain, Synge and Byrne…   Entrepreneurial brothers Adrian and Damien Garvey have signalled their bold...
A place in the country
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A place in the country

July 4th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
Ronan Sweeney’s Balloo Inns group considers the creation of quality country venues to be among its primary objectives. And with the unveiling of its latest creation – the wonderfully countrified Poacher’s Pocket at Lisbane,...
Three-step hospitality scheme to transform Linen Quarter
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Three-step hospitality scheme to transform Linen Quarter

June 16th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
A significant investment in a new Asian-themed bar in the heart of Belfast has created 100 new jobs and provided another welcome boost to the hospitality trade in the centre of the city.   Phase one of Shiro opened to the...
New Holywood eatery sets sail
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New Holywood eatery sets sail

June 16th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
The latest addition to a burgeoning line-up of hospitality venues in Holywood is a bright and comfortable new seafood eatery just off the main street. Russell Campbell has been along to the opening night…   Donaghadee...
Small and perfectly formed…
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Small and perfectly formed…

March 20th, 2014 | by LCN Editor
As east Belfast continues to evolve its restaurant offering – rivalling the city’s other culinary quarters in the process – Neil Johnston of latest arrival, Graze, tells LCN a little of he and John Moffatt’s plans for...
A family affair
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A family affair

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
The Williamson family has driven development at the award-winning Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown since the early 70s and today, the venue is at the heart of life in the bustling County Tyrone community. John Williamson (68), MBE...
Old Schoolhouse has a new look
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Old Schoolhouse has a new look

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Will Brown ushers in a new era of modernity and comfort at the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant near Comber following the biggest refurbishment in its 30-year history. It’s the start of a whole new era for the restaurant and the...
Well versed in hospitality
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Well versed in hospitality

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
Laurel Villa is a gem of a guest house in rural mid-Ulster with a very distinctive selling point. Its owners, Eugene and Gerardine Kielt have been talking to LCN. Like many of Ulster’s bustling market towns, the mid-Ulster...
On to bigger things…
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On to bigger things…

February 27th, 2014 | by lcn
The award-winning off-licence run by the Emerson family in Armagh has had an encouraging year in 2013 and there are further big changes planned going forward. Although the Emerson family has been trading in the centre of Armagh...