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


Big Tancook Island

6 Hours and a Bicycle

What a glorious way to enjoy a weekend afternoon. Pack a lunch and a wind breaker (if you suffer from optimism add a bathing suit and towel) in a backpack, grab your bike and be in Chester for the 1:00pm Saturday Ferry to Big Tancook Island. Or leave your bike at home as this island is a great hike too. http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tancook/ferry.htm

Sailing aboard the Wm. G. Ernst, a passenger only ferry, we stay topside to watch for whales, sailboats and seals. We are rewarded with a sailboat, loon, eagle and the company of 3 other cyclists. $5.00 and 50-55 minutes later after a very brief stop on Little Tancook we land on Big Tancook Island.

The Island is 3 miles long, and can easily be biked in an afternoon, the roads are graded and hard packed, not a piece of pavement to be found. We are the leisure seeking, stop to look for sea glass crowd, so we keep a very moderate pace. We always stop at Popplerocks Arts, for cookies, popplerocks, and to look over the treasures. We combine that with a penchant for finding as many perfect picnic spots as possible, but always leaving room for an ice cream at the end of the trip. This time we packed snacks only, and ate at Carolyn’s, my cheese burger was a homemade delight.

The island people have a brisk, no nonsense, tell you how it is attitude. Living on an island 8 km out in the Atlantic creates a rustic spirit and hardy independence. The truck, used to gravel the school road, is circa 1950 and once served as a fire truck.

So for an afternoon of outdoor adventure, biking or hiking, combined with sailing and picnicking, Big Tancook offers the perfect spot.