The Blarney Stone, is a small, east coast family restaurant, known for its great food, large portions and friendly service! It’s no surprise that it’s currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and has received many Readers’ Choice awards from the South Shore Breaker, in addition to receiving the 2017 Hospitality, Business Excellence Award, from the Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Association. This restaurant has a loyal following with many regulars, both young and old, and is a stopping place enjoyed by travellers.
“Home-style cooking is their speciality!” The Blarney Stone provides a variety of tasty meals from, hot sandwiches and burgers to local seafood, including some of the “best clams and fish” available on the South Shore. Other popular dishes include their seafood chowder and award winning haddock fish and chips. The restaurant features Chowder Thursdays, Fish & Chip Fridays and a weekend Turkey Dinner & Haddock Fillet Dinner. “Yum!”
The Blarney Stone has been operated by the MacLeod family for the past 35 years; first Gary MacLeod and now by his son, Sean. Together, they have developed a strong reputation on the South Shore and across the province, as a first-rate family restaurant that offers quality, consistency and value. Sean says, “People know that they will get the same good meal every time they visit. It’s important that our service is not hit or miss and that we’re on our game every day.”
The food isn’t the only thing that brings people through the door. Sean credits his staff of 10, who he says “make it look easy”. “They know our customers, and it’s their rapport, their friendly faces and their connection to people that make this a success.” Some of the staff have worked there for over 28 years! According to Sean, their dedicated employees strive to provide the friendliest service in the industry, as well as a cozy, family dining environment. They ensure that every guest has the same great experience every time they visit.” Sean said he knows that they are doing things right when people, who have been away for a while drop-in and say, “Its just like I remembered.”
The Blarney Stone makes a point to “give back to the community” and regularly supports local schools, fire departments, service clubs and community groups by contributing to penny auctions and providing prize give-aways. They also sponsor the popular Fresh Air Films series and sponsor a junior curling team.
In case you were wondering where the restaurant’s name came from? The previous owner, Eugene Slevin, who took over the restaurant in 1983, was of Irish decent. He made an expansion and changed the name to the Blarney Stone from Lakeview Restaurant, named by the original owners (Audrey and Leland Stewart) who opened the restaurant in the early 60’s. The staff wear uniforms of green, representing the national color of Ireland, which is commonly associated with good luck, leprechauns, clovers, and Saint Patrick’s Day.
The Blarney Stone is located at 16339 on Highway 103, just west of exit 14 in Hebbs Cross. It’s open 7 days a week, from 11:00 am – 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. during the summer) and can be reached at 902-543-6229.