I am indeed fortunate to live so close to The Barn, which opened this year next to Mahone Bay icon Suttles and Seawinds, and is quickly developing a stellar reputation. Mike and Amelia (owners) and staff are friendly and have that wonderful knack of making you feel welcome and appreciated no matter how often you come.
A wide range of delicious coffees and teas (North Mountain Coffee from Berwick NS), and even chaga tea and kombucha will satisfy anyone's thirst. Delicious fresh bread and pastries from nearby Boulangerie La Vendéenne are available as well, to eat in or take out. Also offered are a panoply of handmade jams, pickles, and relishes made by Mike and Amelia's other business, Helen B's Preserves.
As there is no commercial kitchen, The Barn has developed a wonderful "South Shore symbiosis" by offering on-site an ever-changing variety of freshly prepared soups, sandwiches and other goodies from well-known local restaurants Mateus Bistro, Rebecca's Restaurant, and Lincoln Street Food -- co-operation instead of competition!
The atmosphere is comfortably casual, spacious and well-lit, encompassing two floors with a variety of seating -- tables with chairs, couches and easy chairs. I have witnessed a number of meetings taking place around the upstairs table, as well as people working solo on laptops. To be noted is that the generous space and high ceilings allow conversations to be private, unlike some more crowded venues where the noise level can be a detriment.
The Barn is a great place to meet old friends and make new ones - children are also welcome! Looking forward to the outdoor seating this summer once the weather cooperates. A lovely addition to Mahone Bay's "menu" of restaurants and cafés!
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