Liquor licence rounds out The Barn

Published on August 14, 2011
After a long process Phil and Moira Milward are pleased that their restaurant and café, ‘The Barn at the Point’ in Gilbert’s Cove is now a licensed eating establishment. Karla Kelly photo

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

After a 10-month process, The Barn at the Point in Gilbert’s Cove is now a licensed eating establishment and owners Phil and Moira Milward believe this addition rounds off their restaurant and café.

“The Barn at the Point is a unique establishment and incorporating this aspect is a nice addition to our business,” said Moira Milward.

Milward said she and her husband also based their decision to apply for a restaurant liquor licence on requests from guests wanting beer and wine to accompany their meals.

The Milwards moved to Nova Scotia from British Columbia four years ago, and opened their bed and breakfast along with the restaurant and café last year.

“Last summer was our first year in the restaurant business in Nova Scotia and by the end of September we had decided there was enough of a demand to begin the application process,” she said.

“We have had temporary permits for banquets but felt a permanent licence would be more advantageous.”

It turned out to be a long process as there were many conditions to meet, said Milward. Along with a host of regulations, the Milwards found it would take longer for their licence to be approved because The Barn at the Point was located in a dry area.

A public hearing was held at the Weymouth Legion on July 20 and approval came through the next day.

The Milwards now are looking into the possibility of opening for supper on Friday and Saturday nights sometime this month.

“We love living here and are here for the long haul,” said Moira Milward. “We’ve been embraced by the community and we are happy to be able to offer our customers what they want.”