A new restaurant and bar has joined Liverpool’s Mann Island this Summer. Join me as I take you on a tour of Nova Scotia and explore their brand-new food and drink menu.
Nova Scotia, Liverpool
Brought to us by one of Liverpool’s independent bar operators, Ma Pub Group, Nova Scotia is a brand new bar and restaurant set in the heart of Mann Island. The group’s new venture celebrates Liverpool’s forgotten Nova Scotia district which played an integral part in Liverpool’s maritime history. Come along with me as I talk you through my experience tasting my way through their menu.
What’s on the menu
To kick off the evening, I headed straight over to the drinks menu to see what cocktails they had on offer. The menu was split up into classic cocktails and signature serves – with plenty of options to choose from. After a quick peruse through the options, I ended up going for the Lancelots Spritz which is Nova Scotia’s take on one of my favourite cocktails, a St Germain Spritz (St Germain Elderflower liqueur, gin, prosecco and soda water).
The food menu
Moving onto the food, Nova Scotia’s evening menu is split into small plates, mains, burgers, hotdogs and sides – a great variety with something for everyone. What stood out most to me, however, was how clear the allergy information was on the menu – as well as the labelling for veggie and vegan options. They’d taken everything and everyone into account and it definitely didn’t go unnoticed.
We ended up trying out the halloumi popcorn and cod bites from the small plates menu and the rainbow salad and royal charter burger for mains. Both the halloumi popcorn and cod bites were beer battered which made for the perfect light, crisp batter. The halloumi bites were served with a roasted red pepper mayo, while the cod was served alongside homemade tartare sauce (which was incredible). Despite being “small plates” both dishes were large portions for the price, which, I have to admit, made me grateful that I went for a lighter main!
As for our mains, the grilled chicken Royal Charter burger was served with smashed avocado, smoked bacon, salad and came in a brioche bun, alongside a garlic and herb mayonnaise and beer battered onion rings – a hearty meal for sure! The Rainbow Salad was on the lighter side and came with giant couscous, black lentils, butternut squash, red onion, avocado and a homemade dressing. After the battered starters, the lightness of the rainbow salad was definitely welcome. All four dishes went down really well between the two of us but the star of the show had to be the halloumi popcorn for me. As a regular halloumi fries orderer, I was instantly drawn to this unique take on a menu staple and it exceeded expectations. If you visit for one thing then it has to be that in my eyes.
The atmosphere at Nova Scotia
A great restaurant is more than just its food and drinks offerings. Whilst they’re the most important aspect of a great venue, what really takes it to the next level is the atmosphere. Nova Scotia has managed to nail its atmosphere.
Nova Scotia’s decor
Starting with the decor, what struck me most about Nova Scotia’s choice of furnishings was how much the team had managed to capture the day-to-night atmosphere. When first coming up to the venue, you’re greeted by outdoor tables designed to soak up the sun on a Summer’s day. Then, as you step foot inside the restaurant itself, there’s a mix of relaxed window seating, high tables for large parties and intimate booth seating that creates a great evening atmosphere. Every table has a hanging light above it which helps to build a cosy, intimate space for each guest.
The decor itself is heavy on the wood panelling which is a great nod to the history of the area. For anyone who’s unaware, Nova Scotia used to be the name for Mann Island, which is where the venue is today. The name came from the Canadian District which traded with Liverpool in many types of wood in the 20th century, and the beautiful wood panneling plays into the areas shipbuilding history.
Music to relax to
With so many seating options to choose from, it’s easy to find yourself feeling comfortable in Nova Scotia. This comfort is only further elevated by the music at the venue which is mostly chilled, soul music – again creating the perfect day-to-night atmosphere. While I went for dinner, I can easily see it being a great venue to visit for a mid-morning coffee.
Cool and casual dining on the Waterfront
Overall Nova Scotia is a great, casual venue that’s fantastic value for money. Whether you’re looking for a venue for girls night out, date night or family dinner, it feels like a space for everyone to enjoy. If you find yourself over on Mann Island, pop in for a spritz and some halloumi popcorns – you won’t regret it.