Old Fish Factory & Ice House Bar

Old Fish Factory & Ice House Bar

This is a series of reviews based on finding the Best Fish & Chips in Nova Scotia.

Restaurant- Old Fish Factory & Ice House Bar

Where: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

What I Ate: 1 piece fish & chips, the fish was ale battered, English style. Coleslaw, lemon and homemade tartar sauce.

Fish & Chips with Sauerkraut Coleslaw

Details:The fish was fresh, with a dense ale style batter.The fries were mediocre. The overall taste and texture just did not meet with my expectations.  The sauerkraut coleslaw had a nice crunch and a sweet tangy flavour, I enjoyed every bite!  The homemade tartar sauce with just a hint of dill pickle, was a delight! Ketchup, salt and both malt and white vinegar were served too.

Service: Excellent! Fast and friendly.

Eastern Star

Atmosphere: Some of the best views to watch the boats motor or sail by on the South Shore. Sitting dockside on the patio also let me indulge in my people watching tendencies. The second floor restaurant with long views and the relaxed atmosphere of well oiled schooner at dock is perfect for indulging in summertime cocktails and easy conversation.

Price: 1 piece fish & chips, $10.00 with out tax.

Delivering Fresh Seafood

Of Interest: I tasted my companions Asian Seafood Salad; noodles, crisp fresh veggies and perfectly grilled Atlantic salmon, Digby scallops and tiger shrimp, delicious!                  Fresh seafood is delivered daily!

Asian Seafood Salad


The Best Fish & Chips in Nova Scotia

A girl could go mad with choice! Haddock or cod? Most fish & chips use haddock, once in a while cod or halibut is offered as a choice. Haddock or cod for me. Deep fried, pan-fried? Deep fried of course. Hand cut chips or frozen French fries? Hand cut of course.  Battered or crumbed? Crispy batter please. Wrapped in paper?  Without the ink please. I have fond memories of fish & chips on a cardboard plate and wooden forks. With lemon or tartar sauce?  Home made tartar and lemon please. Good quality ketchup for my chips. Vinegar? Malt or plain? Malt vinegar and lots of salt, this is the time to wallow in fat and sugar.

What defines the best fish & chips? To determine the best fish & chips in Nova Scotia we used a combined methodology of straw poll and travels around the province. We based our tests on taste, price, and the extra…hand cut fries, ambience, homemade tartar sauce, freshest fish or best batter. This non exact science provided me with a frame of reference to list the top ten. Lanes Privateer Inn, hit the top by providing fish so fresh, it was rude, crispy batter, hand cut fries, and top quality tartar sauce and ketchup. There were many others that kept popping up so we have included our list of the top ten places in Nova Scotia for fish & chips.

1. Lane’s Privateer Inn Liverpool

2. Roadside Grill Belliveau’s Cove

3. Murphy’s Fish & Chips Truro

4. Phil’s Seafood Quinpool Road Halifax

5. Island View Restaurant Western Shore

6. Durty Nelly’s Halifax

7. July & Joanne’s Digby (Truck Seasonal)

8. John’s Lunch Woodside

9. Steel City Tavern Sydney

10. The Snack Place Yarmouth