Nothing to do with ballet performance of which I am most fond, no The Red Shoe is a delightful little rustic country pub serving amazing food and located in Mabou, Cape Breton. Cape Breton itself struck a chord with my heart as I found it to be very much my home away from home, with lowlands and highlands, celtic music at every turn and even a whiskey distillery!
As my husband and I traveled to Cape Breton with our destination to be at Cheticamp, a predominantly French populated area, we stopped off at The Red Shoe in the small village of Mabou for a spot of lunch. The pub is owned by the Rankin sisters who are a musical bunch, so it is no surprise that the pub flows with more than beer and wine in an eve. I would have loved to have stayed and drummed my feet to the sweet celtic beats however lunch would have to suffice. A popular place for passing trade and locals alike, I enjoyed a delicious Spinach Salad with pickled red onions, candied pecans, goat’s cheese, drizzled with honey buttermilk dressing. And some folks say salads are boring, well certainly not this one! My husband ordered the pulled pork sandwich made of pork seasoned in a “special blend of spices” a secret recipe no doubt, and slow roasted to the point of falling apart then bathed in a spicy BBQ sauce all brought together in a lightly toasted bun topped with tangy coleslaw.
The place itself was bright and airy in the daytime with cheerful service to match, all set on old wooden floors made for evening feet to tap upon to the beat of fiddlers and a gaelic song.
So if you ever happen to be touring Nova Scotia be sure pop in to The Red Shoe for a refreshment or two. They are open seasonally, from the 1st of June through to mid October. To find more information on this delightful you may visit their website: www.redshoepub.com