Nova Scotia is a beautiful and somewhat remote place to explore or visit. Within one small province of Canada, you can see and ride the world’s highest tides, rockhound on one of its many amazing beaches, fossil hunt the cliffs off the Bay of Fundy, visit beautiful fishing villages, and historic sites including those of some of the first outside settlers to North America.
Lunenburg is a small port town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada named after the Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg who had become King George II of Great Britain. It was founded in 1753 and the historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada. In 1995 the town was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as one of the best examples of planned British colonial settlement in North America, as it retains its original layout and appearance of the 1800s.
But nowadays this small town located along the shoreline of a natural harbour at the western side of Mahone Bay is known as much for its amazing food offerings as it is for its ship building and vernacular architecture because of eateries like The Knot Pub that was founded in 1987.
Originally destined to be a German-style pub in keeping with the local culture the towns connection to the British and the nautical heritage eventually won out offering patrons a truly unique pub that would rival any found in the UK or Germany for that matter. One of the main focal points as you walk in the front entrance are the large, horseshoe-shaped seats which look like they would be right at home in the bow of a tall ship. The design was inspired by a bar in Germany and is meant to encourage conversation and conviviality with places to stand or sit – whichever you prefer!
For hundreds of years, oak was the traditional wood used for boat building in Lunenburg and inspired much of the wooden interior for The Knot Pub giving it its sea-shanty-esque charm. Fun fact, most of the oak you’ll see inside once formed Denyse’s father’s barn in Wentzell’s Lake. Many of the nautical brass fittings in the pub came from the Lunenburg Foundry down the street, Now that’s local building material!
Once you have time to order your drinks and view their extraordinary menu items offering something for just about everyone be sure to check out the copper pennies on the ceiling. This is Denyse Flower, the owner of The Knot Pub, very own design and yes, she personally put every one of them up there herself. We would not recommend trying to count them.
What we do recommend is regardless of what culinary delight you order, whether it is their local mussels steamed with celery, onion and Knot Pub seasoning or their ‘yummy’ fish chowder as a starter to any one of the Knot classics like their Fish & Chips, which are ‘dipped to order’ or The Knot Club, which is their take on the classic clubhouse that has a nicely season and cooked to perfection chicken breast and with delicious bacon under lettuce, tomato, onion and mozzarella. Both Knot classics are served with heaping order of fresh cut fries, but make sure that you save room for their Peanut Butter Pie. This amazing dessert is the perfect way to finish off any meal and offers a chocolate covered, rich and creamy peanut butter ﬁlling on top of a scrumptious cookie crust. This dessert alone is worth the drive to Lunenburg all on its own.
It goes without saying that this is one of my personal favorite places to eat in all of Nova Scotia. To be honest you can’t go wrong with anything you order as everything on the menu is amazing and absolutely delicious and made from local ingredients. The staff is knowledgeable of their menu and drink offerings and are happy to make recommendations to help you get the most out of your Knot Pub experience, leaving you wanting to come back again and again. But you don’t have to take my word for it as they have close to a 1000 review’s on Tripadvisor to back me up. So, if you have never been to The Knot Pub make sure it is on your foodie bucket list for 2021 for when you are exploring all that Nova Scotia has to offer.
One word of caution though, if at the end of the night you happen to notice a faint outline of a lady gliding by – either you’ve had too many pints of the local craft beer that is on tap – or you’re lucky enough to have spotted the resident ghost. No one knows exactly who she is but she’s definitely friendly – just like everyone else here!
by Lee Atwater