Niall McMullan, creator of Yardsman beers
Hercules Brewing Company, the first craft brewery to open in Belfast for almost 160 years, has won a gold medal at the World Beer Challenge 2016 for its small batch brew lager, Yardsman Lager. It was the only company in Ireland to be recognised at the prestigious ceremony in Estroil, […]

Yardsman wins World Beer Challenge 2016 gold and silver


Declan Clarke, one of the 2015/16 apprentices is pictured in Hadskis where he secured a full time job following his involvement with the Apprentice scheme.
The next generation of kitchen stars have until the September 1 to submit their applications for the programme, which gives hospitality students the chance to learn their skills from some of the best chefs in Northern Ireland. Now in its third consecutive year, the scheme, which is endorsed by the Department […]

Final call for Apprentice Programme at James Street South


Joanne Walsh, Business Development Manager Lough Erne Resort, Heather Gott, NI Children’s Hospice William Kirby General Manager Lough Erne Resort, Noel McMeel, Executive Head Chef Lough Erne Resort, Tanya Teague, Horizon West Care team Manager, and Lynne Phair, Lough Erne Resort
  Lough Erne Resort has announced a new charity partnership with Horizon West Children’s Hospice, part of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice which is located in Killadeas, County Fermanagh. Staff at the five-star resort will work to raise crucial funds to support the local charity, which is the only dedicated […]

Lough Erne Resort looks to Horizon in charity alliance



Bubbacue’s creator and founder John Blisard is pictured, left, with executive chef Gerard McGivern at the new reinvented Bubbacue.
Bubbacue, a pioneer in slow smoked American style BBQ, has reinvented itself as the UK and Ireland’s first fast-casual barbecue restaurant. The new ‘fast-casual’ barbecue concept is unique and the result of an innovative redefinition of ‘food on the go’ which has led to the creation of four new jobs. […]

Bubbacue relights the fires with southern style fast-casual restaurant


Martin Anayi Managind Director PRO12 Rugby left_ Trophy_ Oliver Loomes Country Director Diageo Ireland right_ with players from Guinness PRO12 clubs 2016_17
    PRO12 Rugby announced today that Guinness will continue as title sponsor of the Guinness PRO12 Rugby Championship for another four years until 2020, continuing the strong partnership with the competition that began in 2014. The 2016/17 season of the Guinness PRO12, that involves the top rugby clubs from […]

PRO12 Rugby announces four year Guinness sponsorship extension


John McGrillen, Chief Executive Tourism Northern Ireland presents Jamie Wilson, General Manager HMS Caroline and Nicola McKeown, Visitor Experience Team HMS Caroline with the five star visitor attraction rating.
  The recently restored last floating survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, HMS Caroline, has been awarded a five-star visitor attraction rating, signifying that the attraction is operating to an ‘outstanding’ level, John McGrillen, Chief Executive Tourism Northern Ireland has announced. The five-star accreditation was awarded under the Tourism […]

HMS Caroline awarded five-star rating



Pictured during his inaugural visit to Coca-Cola HBC’s plant in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Co, Antrim are Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire MP with Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Coca-Cola HBC’s General Manager for Ireland and Northern Ireland Matthieu Seguin
  Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), welcomed the recently appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to its Lisburn facility, to give James Brokenshire an overview of the company’s recent achievements and investments across Northern Ireland. Mr Brokenshire was accompanied by Jeffrey Donaldson, MP. Coca-Cola HBC is a major employer […]

Coca-Cola welcomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire ...


(L-R) Hillsborough International Oyster Festival committee member Sarah Waugh, Oyster Pearl Shannon Graham, and Nigel Crawford, Executive Director, Quilter Cheviot toast the launch of the exclusive Quilter Cheviot Pearl and Oyster Ball which will take place on Friday 2nd September as part of the Festival’s 2016 programme.
  With world-class entertainment from the American Supreme Dream Girls, guests will enjoy a six-course gala dinner with boutique Chateau de la Ligne wines. A raffle will also take place to raise funds for the Festival’s 2016 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with one lucky winner receiving a stay at […]

Quilter Cheviot invites guests to attend the annual Pearl and ...


Vincent Borjon-Prive from Hennessy (second left) joins this year’s Hennessy Connoisseurs winners Jonathan Magennis from Deanes EIPIC, Ryan Adair from The Merchant Hotel and Darren McEvoy from The Albany, Belfast.
Darren McEvoy from The Albany, Jonathan Magennis from Deanes EIPIC and Ryan Adair from The Merchant Hotel have been named as the next generation of Hennessy Connoisseurs in Northern Ireland. Eleven of Northern Ireland’s finest bartenders battled it out this week at the grand final of the second annual Hennessy […]

Three local bartenders clinch Hennessy Connoisseurs 2016



Gareth Bradley, managing director of Woodford Bourne NI, is pictured with new partners Treasury Wine Estate’s country manager for Ireland Jake Cole and Wolf Blass chief winemaker Chris Hatcher.
The agreement with Treasury Wine Estates will see Lisburn-based Woodford Bourne distribute a full range of Wolf Blass wines to the on and off trades in Northern Ireland. The Wolf Blass winery was founded by German immigrant Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass in Australia in 1966 and, over the past 50 […]

Woodford Bourne NI toasts new Wolf Blass contract


Councillor Eileen Graham (Belfast City Council); Ann McGregor (NI Chamber); Justin Rush (Abacus); Aine Kearney (Tourism NI) and Brian Telford (Danske Bank).
The Head of Small Business Marketing for Facebook in the UK and Ireland has been announced as the keynote speaker at a Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) event in Belfast next month. Orla Malone is expected to address over 500 business at NI Chamber’s Annual Networking […]

Facebook marketing head to address NI Chamber Conference


Model Rebecca Maguire joins Colin Neill, CEO Hospitality Ulster and Olga Walls, Chair, Hospitality Ulster to launch the Pub of the Year Awards 2016.
  Hospitality Ulster Launches the Pub of the Year Awards 2016 The search to discover Northern Ireland’s best pubs, hotels and restaurants is now on, as Hospitality Ulster launches its annual Pub of the Year Awards for 2016. A total of THIRTEEN Awards will showcase the toast of the Northern […]

Search begins for Northern Ireland’s hospitality stars



Colin Shirlow, pictured with Onur Gul, Ireland Marketing Executive, Turkish Airlines
  The Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship returns to the international stage at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival on Saturday 3rd September 2016, when undefeated champion Colin Shirlow will once again defend his title. The Dromore man faces added pressure this year as he takes on the challenge for […]

The World is Colin’s Oyster – but have you got ...


Joanne Beattie, Brand Manager at Valeo Foods, and celebrity chef Rachel Allen at the launch of Ballymaloe Foods at the James Street South Cookery School
Relishing the chance to explore new markets, Irish family food company Ballymaloe Foods, producer of the award winning Ballymaloe Original Relish, has launched into Northern Ireland. Through securing a partnership with Valeo Foods as its province-wide distributor the company has since secured supply to participating SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO & VIVOEXTRA, […]

Ballymaloe Foods relishes a new market as it launches into ...


Jolene O'Hare, Conor O'Hare, Graham Goss and Tom Ray from Mourne Mountains Brewery
The only craft beer brewer in Northern Ireland to obtain a 2 Star Rating in Great Taste Awards 2016 Warrenpoint based Mourne Mountains Brewery has become the only craft beer brewery in Northern Ireland to be awarded a 2-star Great Taste Award for its Red IPA, Red Trail at the […]

“Cheers!” to Mourne Mountains Brewery as Red IPA wins two ...



Introducing Rye Pale Ale from the Open Gate Brewery
  Continuing in a long-standing tradition of brewing innovation and excellence, the Guinness brewers at St. James’s Gate are proud to announce that some of their latest beers will now be made available in 25 select pubs in Belfast. For over a hundred years, there has been an experimental brewery […]

Guinness Open Gate Brewery beers come to Belfast


Petra and Conall Wolsey reveal plans for the highly anticipated launch of the new £4million Bullitt Hotel.
  Work is progressing on Belfast’s newest hotel, as the Beannchor Group announces it plans to open its highly anticipated new £4M hotel, Bullitt Belfast to the public this October. The brainchild of the people behind the city’s five-star Merchant Hotel, The National Grande Café/sixty6, The Dirty Onion, Little Wing […]

Plans for Beannchor’s £4m new hotel, Bullitt Belfast revealed


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  In this Year of Food and Drink 2016, the Belfast Christmas Market 2016 will have a new and exciting opportunity to promote even more local produce with the addition of fifteen new chalets outside City Hall gates, in a prime position on Donegall Square North. These chalets will be […]

Belfast Christmas Market 2016 adds new chalets to support local ...