This season, it seems more businesses will be arriving in the city including a new restaurant docking up on the waterfront that gives a nod to Liverpool’s nautical history. Led by independent bar operator Ma Pub Group, who run Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery and Tempest on Tithebarn, this latest dining venue known as Nova Scotia will be their third Liverpool site.
Set in the stunning Mann Island building in the shadow of the spectacular Three Graces on the city’s iconic waterfront, Nova Scotia is influenced by the little-known 19th century Liverpool dockside village that was once in the area. The dock served Canada and the ‘lumber’ trade, twinning with Nova Scotia in Canada – there is also a Canadian Liverpool and River Mersey, and Mann Island in Ontario.
Open everyday from June 2, 9am to 9pm, Nova Scotia will serve great breakfasts, lunches, small plates, hearty mains and delicious desserts with a wide range of drinks and signature cocktails. Dishes include a range of brioche and egg brekkies and full English options; six Nova burgers including PS Scotia, Marco Polo and Royal Charter; sandwiches and Dockside hotdogs; and mains including traditional Scouse, fish and chips and a healthy rainbow salad.
On the bar side, Nova Scotia’s signature serves include Jamaica Street and Sea Brow Iced Tea to a classic NS Old Fashioned and French Martini cocktails. There’s a wide selection of wines and draft and bottled beers too.
The shanty-town called Nova Scotia was made up of dwellings and businesses serving the huge ships when the city boomed as a trade destination. However, the new bar and kitchen, which opens in May, plans to bring a different roaring trade and celebrate Liverpool’s maritime past with a fresh food concept, great music and a fantastic outside drinking and dining space in the heart of the city’s riverside.
Owner Iain Hoskins said: “I’m fascinated by this part of Liverpool and the story of a forgotten dockside village that got swallowed up when the docks expanded. The new Mann Island building is an incredible edition to the waterfront…I really like the idea of the juxtaposition of celebrating this old district that was replaced by then newer industries now replaced in a new iconic building that trailblazed Liverpool’s post millennium renaissance as a modern European destination city.
“The recent public realm improvements to The Strand and the area around Mann Island and Three Graces are exceptional and was a massive factor in my decision to take on this site in what many would consider are challenging and risky times. We have a world class waterfront and it’s an absolute privilege to be able to open a restaurant here.”
Nova Scotia, 25a Mann Island, L3 1BP