Local Mayor thanks Castello Italia for supporting vulnerable during Covid-19 lockdown

Local Mayor thanks Castello Italia for supporting vulnerable during Covid-19 lockdown

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, has presented Castello Italia restaurant in Carrickfergus (28 Scotch Quarter) with a certificate of thanks for the role the restaurant played in supporting local vulnerable people during the recent Covid-19 lockdown. The business recognised the impact that the pandemic was going... View Article

Bob & Berts continues expansion plans as all 20 stores reopen

Bob & Berts continues expansion plans as all 20 stores reopen

Independent food and coffee shop brand Bob & Berts plans to start opening new sites again later this year after successfully reopening all of its existing stores. Founded in Portstewart in 2000, Bob & Bert’s is known for its distinctive style, quality coffee and fresh food offering and local community-focused... View Article

Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches today

Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches today

The UK government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme goes live today, with 1,512 independent restaurants, cafes and pubs and outlets from smaller chains participating in Northern Ireland. More than 72,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the scheme, and an official online finder is available... View Article

New Rabbit Bar & Restaurant opens under Templeton rebrand

New Rabbit Bar & Restaurant opens under Templeton rebrand

Galgorm Collection has opened its new Rabbit Bar & Restaurant on July 17, following its rebranding of the Templeton as a boutique hotel, The Rabbit. Based in the Co Antrim village, The Rabbit Bar and Restaurant features a chic interior, bespoke lighting and eclectic décor for an unforgettable dining experience.... View Article

FSA issues advice on safety standards & protecting staff

FSA issues advice on safety standards & protecting staff

Guidance covering a range of areas – including good hygiene practice, management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings – has been published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in NI to help businesses continue operating throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. FSA has said it is very... View Article

Free design consultation service launched for hospitality owners

Free design consultation service launched for hospitality owners

With coronavirus closing hospitality outlets across the UK, many business owners are trying to remain positive and using the unexpected time off from the day to day work to get around to that paperwork or planning how to re-open with a bang. Hospitality owners seeking a refresh of their décor,... View Article

IFEX 2020 postponed until 17-19 November

IFEX 2020 postponed until 17-19 November

Montgomery Events, owners and organisers of IFEX, has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s event which was due to be held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, on 24 – 26 March due to the significant escalation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases across the United Kingdom as well as... View Article

Top chefs help beat the blues for children’s cancer charity

Top chefs help beat the blues for children’s cancer charity

Four of Northern Ireland’s top chefs joined together to prepare a dinner with a difference in aid of local charity, Cancer Fund for Children, on February 28. Creating a menu showcasing some of Northern Ireland’s best produce were chefs Simon Dougan MBE, owner of the Yellow Door; Jim Mulholland, head... View Article

Month of food & drink launches in Antrim and Newtownabbey

Month of food & drink launches in Antrim and Newtownabbey

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is embracing the new spring season with the launch of its first food initiative aimed at encouraging people to explore the array of high-quality eateries and restaurants on their doorstep. A Department for Communities and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council-funded initiative, Taste the Borough will... View Article

Hospitality sector reassures customers over coronavirus

Hospitality sector reassures customers over coronavirus

“We have been following the developments of coronavirus closely and have issued detailed guidance to our members and those working in the hospitality industry,” said Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster. “By nature, the hospitality industry operates high standards of hygiene and cleanliness and we have encouraged members to... View Article