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The award-winning Flying Apron serves up honest, local, seasonal fare in the heart of Nova Scotia’s farming country. The menu changes weekly to feature the freshest local, sustainable ingredients with a curated drink menu showcasing Nova Scotia’s best wine, cider and craft beer. On Sundays, a brunch menu is offered from 10-4. The amazing house-made desserts are not to be missed. With a beautiful patio overlooking the resident chickens, bee hives and gorgeous edibles, The Flying Apron is a perfect culinary destination. At this foodie haven you can indulge your love of food even further by signing up for a cooking class in the stunning Cookery School. Or turn your visit into a Culinary Getaway
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous lunch perfectly prepared, desserts to die for. The line-caught pan-fried haddock with polenta and tomatoes and basil was sooooo good! Total yum. The gf chocolate mocha cake is scary good. Love this place.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2021

We are just home after a fantastic weekend with two other couples at the Flying Apron. We arrived Friday afternoon and after lounging in the common room had dinner in the restaurant. All six of us raved about our meals which included pork schnitzel, roasted...Greek chicken and grilled NY strip steak. Chef Chris is very serious about using local produce so everything was as fresh as fresh can be. We accompanied the meal with bottles of Montavista by the local Avondale Sky winery. Even though we were stuffed we ordered four different desserts and bought them to the common room to share and snack on the rest of the evening; they were all amazing. The common room on the second floor is reserved for use by overnight guests of the inn. It is comfortably appointed with a large comfy couch, chairs, large bar fridge for use by the guests, electric fireplace, French Press coffee urns and to our delight lots of wine and highball glasses. No tacky plastic throwaways here! You are welcome to enjoy your own wine or cocktails in this room as it is not part of the licensed area of the restaurant. We all stumbled up another flight(s) of stairs to our bedrooms which were comfortable and unpretentious if perhaps a tad rustic. The bathrooms are in various states of being updated but all were fine. Our room (#5) had a bar fridge and a French Press coffee maker along with complimentary coffee, sugar or stevia and fresh milk or cream. The bed was a little firm for our taste but our friends who prefer that type were pleased. The linens and towels were high quality and they provide of a basket of bathroom amenities for the forgetful. Breakfast is included with your room. On day one we had an incredible feast which included your choice of eggs, bacon, pancake, toast, fresh fruit (no cantaloupe!), yogourt, maple syrup and home-made gooseberry jam. The bacon deserves special mention. It is local Oultan’s and it is probably the best bacon we’ve ever eaten. Chef Chris says part of the “secret” is to cook it in the oven on parchment paper; who knew? Just an awesome meal to start the day and we never felt the need to have lunch. On day two, chef switched it up and we had breakfast hash made with yummy chunks of minced pork, bell peppers, onions, pan fried potatoes and feta cheese. First time any of us had feta cheese for breakfast and it was an absolutely amazing combination of flavours accompanied by awesome home-made ketchup. Besides the reputation as a top-notch restaurant, we chose this destination for the opportunity to have a cooking class by a world class chef. You get to choose your menu and we opted for Moroccan. As great as the food was (lentil soup, chicken with couscous and honey cake) the special enjoyment was the time with Chef Chris who made us feel completely at home, showed us many kitchen tricks, happily answered all our questions, even the silly ones and created an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives. No joke; no exaggeration. An added bonus were the leftovers we took home and enjoyed today for lunch. Of course, the success of any inn and restaurant is a reflection of the staff and owners. We were greeted on arrival by sweet Nancy who showed us around the facility which includes a store filled with local goods, many made in the kitchen and a used a book store. All the team were incredible even down to the nice young guy at the bar who enthusiastically provided ice for our room. Chef Chris and Melissa are the owners and they were hands on the three days we were there. This trip was twice delayed by COVID restrictions and Melissa graciously re-booked us both times with no penalty and honoured the off-season rates of our first booking. Such a class act. The only negative I can find to share about the Flying Apron are the stairs for those who are mobility challenged. No issue in the restaurant but the inn is an old building with three flights of stairs. Also, worth noting is that tall people may prefer rooms on the third floor as the rooms on the fourth floor have steeply pitched ceilings which add charm but also the occasional bumped head. Just an awesome weekend and culinary experience. We’ll be back one day soon!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 3, 2021 via mobile

One of our friends told us about The Flying Apron and he thought it was good. So, even though it’s a bit of a drive from Halifax, we decided to try it. I called the restaurant to get information and the lady I spoke with...was friendly and helpful. Our table was ready when we arrived and there was a little bouquet of wild flowers on it. I ordered the New York Strip, that came with garlic mash and cauliflower. The meal was topped with a mushroom sauce. ($28). The meal was delicious and the steak was cooked just the way I like it. My husband had the Reuben Sandwich which came with pan fried potatoes ($19). He really enjoyed his food, too. One of the men, who was doing the cooking was not wearing a mask. We talked about not staying, but after driving for almost an hour to get to the restaurant, we did stay. It was a bit disturbing, although this man may have had a medical exemption. The knives and forks we were given to use for our meal, felt thin and cheap. Considering the menu prices, one would expect better cutlery to fully enjoy your dining experience. Overall, we thought the food was good and we may return one day.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 1, 2021

We make a habit of going out for Sunday brunch and try to seek out new places. At least once a summer we venture to The Flying Apron in Summerville. If it were closer to Truro we would certainly go more often as we have...never been disappointed. August 29 was no exception. The food was top notch and Liev, our server, was very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. The crowning glory for me was the Luscious Lemon Tart with Chocolate Crust. Their desserts are to die for.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 27, 2021

We were driving on scenic Route 215 and stumbled upon this little treasure. We stopped for lunch and what lunch it was! The flavor of my seafood chowder was so delicate, the consistency was just right, the taste was amazing, so naturally I do not...regret ordering a large bowl. And the biscuit that came with it was equally mouthwatering. My husband had their signature corned beef Reuben sandwich with sauerkraut. Also excellent and beautifully presented. The corned beef was so soft and not too salty. Too bad we did not have any room left to try their very appealing desserts - there is a very extensive list of cakes, crumbles and pies. The menu is posted on the board, so it is easy to decide what you want. The interior is pretty and their artisanal products for sale make a great souvenir to bring back home. Very happy with their welcoming service as well. It is always nice to find a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere and we were very lucky to find this charming eatery.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 26, 2021

I can not tell you how much we were looking forward to a meal at the flying apron, after all the good reviews. It was our 30 wedding anniversary and we had booked a table for us and our family. It was Sunday and what...we did not know only brunch is served on Sundays. This was the first disappointment, but we still looked forward to a nice brunch, but things should be different. The table we sat at was sticky and it was pretty disgusting. But I will start the the positive points of the served food: I had egg something with trout filet. The trout filet was fresh and tasty and that was it!!! The roasted potatoes that were served with it, were previously 10 times warmed up, almost incinerated , tripping from fett and absolutely awful. The beef burger that my husband had ordered, was a thin black, completely dried out something and he was served the same disgusting potatoes. And I know the Germans can make the most wonderful baked potatoes, what a shame. The waiter was not ver friendly and the atmosphere was that of a third class pub. I had the impression that everything was set up for the maximum profit, but definitely not for good food and the logo 'we are local' does not change anything to the better. We went afterwards to Windsor to the spitfire pub and had a pleasant meal, not high class but honest food with a lovely atmosphere . If we want a good meal, we will go to the bicycle thief in Halifax, run by Italiens.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

Finally got to The Flying Apron! My husband and I dined here on a hot August evening. We snagged a table on the charming patio. The beverage list highlights local: I had a rose cider from the Valley and hubby had a can of Nirvana...(Avondale Sky). We shared an order of tasty bruschetta. My main was Haddock Hodge Podge (a dish beloved by Nova Scotians); a generous portion of fish served over the most tender baby carrots, peas, beans and potatoes in a to-die-for butter and cream sauce. Yum. He had a hearty salad topped with a healthy portion of grilled salmon (sustainably grown in NS). We had to try dessert, right? We shared a slice of zesty lemon tart in a nutty chocolate crust. A superb finish (with mugs of herbal tea) to a lovely dinner. All the staff were charming and helpful. We plan to return!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 24, 2021 via mobile

We came upon this little gem on a lovely summer afternoon. So quaint and interesting, with lots of local homemade products for sale. All Covid restrictions enforced. We had the seafood chowder. It was full of flavour and lots of seafood, potatoes etc. The broth...was to die for. Absolutely delicious! And the accompanying tea biscuit was warm and tasty as well. Our server was a delight.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021 via mobile

Hats off to the entire staff at the Flying Apron! We enjoyed everything about our dinner. Very nice patio, beautiful gardens.Highly recommend.absolutely no complaints. We will be back for sure! Halibut Steak tacos

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 5, 2021 via mobile

Wow! Best Seafood chowder in a loooong time. Also we had an amazing fresh from their garden salad with shrimp on top. Unreal. And the double chocolate cake with Mocha cream filling and caramel drizzled on top, absolutely incredible.

Date of visit: July 2021
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The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5