Let’s be honest, we all need a little TLC in our lives – especially us beer drinkers. So, thank crikey then for this little boozer.
Depending on the way I feel, I like a my drinking dens dark and dingy, mean and moody but almost always warm and welcoming, and the Loose Cannon (TLC) has all of those typically Scottish qualities.
Well, what else did I expect, this is Nova Scotia – New Scotland – after all.
There is something about this pub which makes me feel like I am visiting my great uncle Angus and auntie Morag in deepest darkest Clackmannanshire.
It must have something to do with the Scottish flag above the entrance, the stone flooring, the paintings of rugged Highland landscapes and a stag’s head proudly mounted on the wall.
There was also some colourful glass lampshades, TV screens showing live sport and a nice array of drinks bottles both in display cabinets and behind the bar. All of these things would appeal to great auntie Morag who just loved a wee dram while watching the sheep dog trials on her battered old televison set.
The draught beers featured the usual Canadian suspects – Rickards, Clancy’s, Coors and Pump House, but I chose a pint from a Halifax-based brewery.
Propeller’s Extra Special Bitter (5%) – a rich, full-bodied English-style ale – set me back $7.95 and was perfect for me to sup slowly.
The music selection wasn’t particularly Scottish, but there again perhaps it’s too much to ask punters to sit and sup while listening to Andy Stewart’s rendition of Donald Where’s Your Troosers?
Instead, we listened to some classic tracks from a very English band, Manchester’s finest – Oasis.
In a world awash with Irish pubs it was a nice change to find a Scottish boozer and this is coming from an Englishman, so I guess they must be doing something right.
THE INNSPECTRE’S SUMMARY…
ADDRESS: The Loose Cannon, 1566 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2B3. (902) 407-8797 www.theloosecannon.ca
ATMOSPHERE: *** It was quiet when I turned up but numbers increased once the heavens opened and the rain started lashing down. It’s amazing how many people turn to booze in a moment of crisis.
DECOR: **** I liked the Scottish vibe. It was all very homely. I wish some English boozers felt like this.
SELECTION: **** Good selection on tap and in bottles.
SERVICE: *** Friendly folk. When not serving rain-soaked punters they busied themselves by dancing to the whining vocals of Liam Gallagher. They were having great fun, even if the drenched drinkers weren’t.
PRICE: *** Par for the course.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Clackmannanshire is Scotland’s smallest county earning it the nickname the Wee County.