Osprey’s Nest Public House is a brand new pub situated in Petite Riviere just a few strides away from Rissers Beach. Its warm and cozy vibe and rustic charm immediately gives you the impression that its going to be a hub, where friends and community will relax and come together.
One evening, about 2-years ago, the pub’s owners Peter MacNeil, Tanya Shaw, Paul Knapman and Andrea Carew were sitting around together and thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to get together”, says Peter. It took a while for that idea to become reality. “We wanted to get it right”, added Paul. “It was really important to us to embrace and incorporate the ‘Petite’ culture.” Tanya added that “We’ve fallen in love with the community and wanted the “Nest” to be a community living room where all feel comfortable, whether its only four people or a full-house. They sent out surveys via the Petite General Store, in an effort to find out exactly what the locals wanted and over 100 were returned.
The Nest does indeed reflect its community. It has feature wall that has reclaimed wood taken from neighbouring barns and even a 150-year-old barn from Broad Cove and some of the Artwork comes from the Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery.
The pub offers 10 draught beers, including local craft beers and the pubs own TAPP Lager. In addition, it has 4 delicious wines by the glass, more choices by the bottle, as well as bottled and canned beer, mixed drinks and a signature cocktail (to be revealed at a later date).
If that’s not enough…this public house offers a delicious assortment of pub fare including pan-fried haddock, a lobster roll, seafood chowder, Lunenburg sausage and East Coast Mussels, and deep-fried pepperoni. Desserts including baked blueberry grunt and crème brûlée, soups, salads, a ‘Nest’ burger, potato skins and Naked Nova Scotia chicken wings are also part of the menu. “We are incorporating as much local food as possible,” says Peter. Greeks’ Meat Market for local meats, Weagle’s Bakery and the Ploughman’s Lunch will provide the pub with baked goods . The pub seats 60 and, with an extensive deck for the summer, to handle the peak season increase. Take-out is also being offered in the summer months.
Rick Ogilvie, is the Nest’s Executive Chef with a career that includes serving as an Executive Chef and catering officer on vessels around the world, as well as the Tin Fish restaurant, in the Lunenburg Arms Hotel. Rick has a vibrant, fun-loving personality and has been known as the “Chief Morale Officer”, which will most certainly will add to the friendly vibe of the pub.
The Nest will offer live music on Saturday evenings, starting December 16. The first band up is Saucy Jack, a foot-stompin’ kitchen party trio that throws together folk, Celtic, blues and even a bit of old rock and roll, all in an acoustic style. The pub will be venue for parties and a place where book clubs or anyone can meet for an event or get-together. Sports fans won’t be disappointed as the pub has a TV for all the big games and sporting events.
The doors officially opened at this “good-feel place” on December 4.
The Winter hours are:
Thursday, 12-10 pm
Friday & Saturday, 12-11 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
*Starting in May it will be open 7 days a week.
Osprey’s Nest Public House is located at 39 John Rieser Drive, Atlantic Breezes Subdivision, Petite Riviere Bridge, Nova Scotia, B4V 5Y9. You can also find it on Facebook at Osprey’s Nest Public House or at https://www.ospreysnest.pub. The owners can also be reached at 902.693.6378 (NEST) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.