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Nicki’s Inn Chester

26 Pleasant Street
Chester, Nova Scotia
(902) 275-4342

Nicki’s Inn Chester is a fresh and vibrant addition to the Chester dining scene. Nicki Butler, who previously ran The Captain’s House in Chester, has built a new inn and restaurant in the centre of the village with tables indoors and out on the deck. Last Sunday night, we went to Nicki’s for the Sunday Carvery. There was a choice of four roasts: chicken, pork, beef or lamb (in fact, you could choose two!) that were served with roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, onions, horseradish and mint jelly. Between us we ordered the beef and the lamb and were very satisfied. Rob even proclaimed it was the best roast he had ever eaten, which is a big compliment coming from a Brit!

The servings were a bit on the large side, and the meal was definitely far from the low fat category, but the meat was very tender and the vegetables were roasted to perfection. The Sunday carvery also includes your choice of dessert, which was also yummy and huge, and was priced very reasonably.

We have yet to try Nicki’s Wednesday to Saturday menu (she’s closed Monday and Tuesday), but if the carvery is any indication, I’m sure it will not disappoint.

Reservations recommended.

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The Rope Loft

The Rope Loft

Water Street
Chester, Nova Scotia
(902) 275-3430

Just off the plane from England where summer has been almost non-existent, I was keen to take advantage of Canadian summer weather, so my dad and I went to The Rope Loft, a dockside restaurant on the waterfront in Chester. Their website claims “Deck chair dining at its best” and the deck chair part is definitely correct. With plenty of beer on tap and great views across their marina to the Tancook Islands and Chester, The Rope Loft is a great place enjoy a hot, sunny day. If you sit along the edge of the deck you can watch the sea life and the tide come in. I like to order the rack of lamb or chicken wings and toss a few bones over the railing and watch for the crabs fight over them. Not many other places you can do that!

The dining however, could be better. My dad and I have both been here on other occasions and while the food and service remain consistent they both lack flair and attention to detail. The service is typically Maritime, friendly but not quite polished, and the china is rugged and institutional. But don’t get me wrong, if you are looking for a laid-back lunch on a sunny day or just want to enjoy a beer or two, The Rope Loft is the place to go in Chester for seaside atmosphere.

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