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Sunday 22 April 2018

Food critic's 'little black book' served up online

Lucinda O'Sullivan, who is not only the most widely read food critic in Ireland but also the longest-standing food critic with any newspaper, has just set up the online version of her Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat, now in its sixth year, which was launched by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan last week.

The new website has been expanded to now include restaurants countrywide as well as hotels, castles, spas and country houses.

Restaurants and hotels will now be able to upload and control their own special offers on the site -- but unlike other restaurant websites, inclusion is not open to everyone, only those experienced and recommended by Lucinda and her team.

Every time you log on, a different restaurant and hotel is featured, and the public can also leave feedback on their experiences in the different restaurants and hotels.

They will also be able to read daily foodie news items, recipes and all her restaurant reviews.

They will shortly receive newsletters with competitions and features.

The fifth edition of the Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay & Eat can now also be downloaded from the site for €9.99 or the hard copy is available from Eason's and all good book shops.

The new website was designed and constructed in Cork by Kunnert & Tierney and Digital Crew, and its ever-changing bright colourful face adds an innovative new element to the hospitality industry.

The website is totally independent: it is not sponsored by any organisation, nor does it take general advertising. Those included pay only for the costs involved.

Recommended restaurants can be recognised by Lucinda's distinctive red-and-gold star plaque marking them out as a "Lucinda O'Sullivan Great Place to Eat 2010", while hotels carry can be similarly recognised by a distinctive black-and-gold star.

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