Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Hidden Gem: River Bank General Store

The beautiful Mill Village in Nova Scotia, Canada's, Queens County (South Shore) boasts one of the prettiest country stores in whole Nova Scotia.

I discovered this lovely place last March when they were just in the middle of restoring, building the coffee shop / restaurant, kitchen and renovating the adjacent artist’s showroom, featuring paintings and crafts, and the hardware store with its unique, handmade pieces from local crafters and a wide variety of gifts.

It took several months and lots of helping hands, coming from QASL clients and staff, Queens Association for Supported Living, who owns the General Store and who helps individuals acquiring life skills and offers vocational programs and community-based employment.

Restaurant with Medway River View In summer, visitors could enjoy the cosy restaurant with its spectacular view of the magnificent Medway River, which runs just a couple of feet from the big windows, and have fresh coffee or delicious ice cream. Since last autumn the “River Bank Café” offers a daily lunch during the week, including homemade soups, fresh prepared sandwiches and salads and mouth-watering fresh-baked pastries at very competitive prices.

Once a month, or maybe more often in the future, they offer a marvelous Sunday Brunch. To learn about this well-liked delicious food event, send them your email address to receive invitations, as they are quickly booked out:

River Bank Café and General Store is such a lovely place, not yet discovered by tourists, despite its proximity (2 minutes) from HWY 3 (Halifax to Liverpool and Shelburne). Get your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and stock up on groceries, bread and pastries here: Fresh, local and organic produce and meats, canned and dry goods, pies, cookies etc. 

They also carry Mike Oulton's Free Range Meats and Greek's Quality Meats and a number of Natural Homemade Foods products, such as German Bread, as well as their own store baked sweet temptations. The River Bank Café also offer take-out: I recently had a sandwich and a salmon chowder - to die for - and crispy almond croissants.

8 Medway River Rd, Mill Village, NS B0J2H0
Phone 902-677-2013 Open until 9:00 pm.
Hours Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Have also a look at “The Picture House” website and blog to learn about River Bank General Store and the QASL and see a video:

longer version:

or the NS government website: