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New Liverpool Waterfront Bar, Nova Scotia, To Open With Historic Links To The Area's Past

Updated: Apr 7

Brand New Restaurant & Bar, Nova Scotia, Opens This Thursday At 9am In Liverpool City Centre

Independent Liverpool bar operator Ma Pub Group reveals their third venue is opening on Thursday the 2nd of June to kick start the incredible Jubilee Weekend!


Nova Scotia is set in the in the stunning Mann Island Building at The Pier Head. The new bar and kitchen concept celebrates 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 action.

'We have a World-Class Waterfront and it's an absolute privilege to be able to open a restaurant here.' - Iain Hoskins, Owner of Ma Pub Group.

Iain Hoskins, Ma Pub Group’s owner, is investing £250,000 into the exciting project and it will create 50 new jobs.


Nova Scotia is named after the little-known 19th Century dockside village where Mann Island now stands - once a shanty town of small dwellings, rope and sail makers and ship-repair businesses for the lumber trade.


Iain’s other venues, Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery and Tempest on Tithebarn, are thriving again and both have had fabulous impacts for their surrounding areas, creating a destination in places such as Tithebarn Street that are usually thoroughfares in order to access other parts of the City. Iain strives to further develop on this positivity by helping further the position of Mann Island as a destination for Liverpudlians across the Liverpool City Region.

This weekend, Liverpool’s newest restaurant is opening to kick-start the big Jubilee bank holiday weekend.


Nova Scotia is coming from independent Liverpool bar operator, Ma Pub Group, led by Iain Hoskins, and opens from 9am on Thursday 2 nd June at Mann Island.


With an investment of £250,000 and 50 new jobs being created, the new venture will utilise the extensive open-air drinking and dining space as well as a beautiful interior restaurant and bar which looks out to the Museum of Liverpool and the City’s world-famous Waterfront.

Nova Scotia is named after the little-known 19th Century dockside village where Mann Island now stands - once a shanty town of small dwellings, rope and sail makers and ship-repair businesses for the lumber trade.

Every day of the week from 9am to 9pm, Nova Scotia will serve great breakfasts, lunches, small plates, hearty mains and delicious deserts 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.


Set in the stunning Mann Island building in the shadow of the World Museum and the

spectacular Three Graces on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, the new location will capture the City’s maritime past.


It's little known that at the end of the 19th century, the Mann Island area was previously a shanty-town called Nova Scotia, made up of dwellings and businesses serving the huge ships when the city boomed as a trade destination.


The dock served Canada and the lumber trade, twinning with Nova Scotia in Canada - there is also a Canadian Liverpool, River Mersey and Mann Island.

Iain Hoskins, said: 'It’s a tremendously exciting time for Ma Pub Group and we are thrilled to be opening our third venue this weekend. On top of this, we have discovered this incredible history about the area, when the dock area was a shanty town. It’s quite mind-blowing really and we want to help tell this story as part of Nova Scotia.'


He added: 'We feel Mann Island is a perfect fit for us, operating two neighbouring bars locally we know the area very well. We’re looking forward to a fabulous Summer in the City, and opening our doors for the Jubilee Weekend feels right. We have a World-Class Waterfront and it's an absolute privilege to be able to open a restaurant here.'


Despite the many challenges the City has faced during the last two years across its

hospitality sector, customer confidence is back. Iain’s two venues are busy once more and the sense of optimism is returning across the Liverpool City Region just in time for the Summer.


You can find Nova Scotia at:

25a Mann Island,

Liverpool Waterfront,

Liverpool City Centre,

City of Liverpool, L3 1BP,

Liverpool City Region, UK.


You can also contact Nova Scotia using the information below:

Open - 9am until 9pm Every Day.

Phone Number - 0151 541 6720.

Instagram - NovaScotiaLiverpool.

Facebook - NovaScotiaLiv.

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