White Gate Inn & Restaurant, Chester, Nova Scotia
We are now closed for the regular 2019 season
A huge thanks to all our patrons who dined with us this year!!
We are holding a Christmas Culinary Event on Saturday, December 21st
Details will be published a bit closer to that time
and we will be holding our annual New Year’s Eve event
Watch this space for details!!
For details when they are published or to sign up for
email notification of special events
check out our News & Events page.
A dining oasis…..
Located in the heart of the historic seaside village of Chester on Nova Scotia’s South Shore/Lighthouse Trail, the White Gate Inn & Restaurant is named for the entrance gate designed and built by the owner’s late husband at their Chester Village home.
Passing though that gate, guests were treated to a grand hospitality, warm friendly smiles and indulgent comfort. White Gate is an homage to the spirit of that home and all of its special memories. It is a sweet luxury of both culinary art and hospitality.
Artisanal Mixed Leaf Salad w/ Bruléed Peaches
Fresh herbs from the White Gate garden
Fresh local flowers at every table
Cocktails from the White Gate bar
The perfect place setting
Fresh and wild local mushrooms
Wild Nova Scotia blueberries
Locally smoked salmon on a crispy potato latke
The freshest seasonal ingredients
Serving up the freshest seasonal ingredients…
Our restaurant’s internationally inspired menu is an ode to the well-travelled palate, highlighting the east coast’s best ingredients; freshly caught and locally sourced. Everything other than bread is made in house, all our pastas, stocks, desserts, gelatos. Our breads come from a local artisanal baker, many of our herbs and garnishes come from our own garden.
Our goal is to bring excitement to the familiar food classics and compliment those with an extensive wine list and creative cocktails.
The Inn at White Gate
Unlock your senses in Chester…
The Inn is furnished in classic east coast style with hand crafted furniture made locally in Chester. The three inn rooms at White Gate are all newly refurbished and have Queen size beds fitted with top quality all natural fibre bed linens and bedding to ensure the most restful of sleeps. Your private en-suite bathroom, which features a soaking tub with shower, is stocked with lots of luxurious 100% cotton Turkish towels and amenities to pamper you.
Scroll down for more photos……
The Inn rooms are available from May through New Years.
The rates are seasonal so please enquire when booking.
Amenities include Hairdryer, Iron, Bar fridge, Coffee maker and kettle, Free high speed fibre optic internet.
No pets or small children, please note that access to the rooms is via an external stair case.
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902.275.4400
White Gate would like to thank Robyn and Jeremiah at Going Coastal in Chester for building the beautiful furniture in the inn rooms.
They are fellow Chester merchants who are doing a wonderful job building extraordinary furniture locally.
Check them out: www.goingcoastalns.com
Here is what some of our wonderful patrons have said about White Gate:
From the service to the food to the overall atmosphere, this restaurant is outstanding. Amazing local produce and proteins, local wines and the very much appreciated Chester smiles all added up to a fabulous evening. Full disclosure - I had such a wonderful time on Sunday evening, I'd returned on Thursday of the same week. I'll be making a return trip soon again. Don't miss this one.
Lorraine 1003, July 2019
A PLACE OF DISTINCTION
This sumptuous restaurant offers a pretty room, superb service, and exceptional food beautifully presented. I'll be hankering for the exquisite flavours of the saffron crab soup for a long time to come. Nicola and her staff get it right, outstandingly so, and across the board. We’re already looking forward to our next visit!
Elizabeth P., June 2019
SO GLAD TO HAVE WHITE GATE OPEN FOR THE SEASON
This year’s menu is better than ever and Chef is an artist! The charcuterie board is a beautiful discovery of tastes and textures. The beef tartar, butter roasted halibut and cauliflower steak will become our new summer favourites on the patio. The wine list is great and the cocktails are imaginative. Well done Nicola and team!
Phil O., Halifax, NS May 2019
FOOD IS SECOND TO NONE!
We came for dinner with 6 adults, and 3 children. The service was extremely accommodating. We just had to bring our own booster seats, which we knew about ahead of time. The food was amazing!!! The beef tenderloin melted in your mouth, the sauce with the halibut and scallops and lobster dish was outstanding. We will definitely be back!!
Victoria S., NS, May 2019
EXCEPTIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE!
We spend summers in Chester Nova Scotia every year. Tonight was the seasonal opening night for White Gate Restaurant. We met some friends for dinner. Once again we were not disappointed. Before you order you should try one of their signature cocktails. They are finely crafted and a must.... Service is fast and efficient. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed a cocktail before our meal. I ordered the seared halibut served with fingerling potatoes ,asparagus and cauliflower. We all agreed that both food and the experience was exceptional.
William O., Chester NS, May 2019
DINNER WITH TASTE AND FLAIR IN NOVA SCOTIA
I don’t know where else you will find the trifecta of great food, wonderful service and elegant atmosphere but White Gate has it all. An oasis of taste and sophistication in the South Shore , downtown Village of Chester... as the Guide Michelin says , definitely worth the detour and definitely a star rating restaurant.
Carolina G., Montreal, QC May 2019
EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!
Judy M., New Minas, NS Inn & Restaurant Guest May 2019
SEASON OPENING SUCCESS!
We went to the season opening last night and it was a terrific evening. Lots of new and interesting menu items! Many of us had the beef tartare and it was outstanding. As always, the halibut was a big hit. Really good vibe in the restaurant and a great start for the summer season! Well done!
Sherry P., Halifax, NS May 2019
Finding yourself in the small village by the sea of Chester would the last place to find luxury of excellent service ( old school French ) + delicious food and smart wine choices ..all delivered with a smile.
Pashade C.Nice, France. Sept. 2018
NOT TO BE MISSED!
This was hands down the best meal and overall dining experience we had on the South Shore.
Intrepid Girl . New York, NY. Sept 2018
GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!
The setting is lovely, and the atmosphere in the restaurant is just right. The service was excellent!. My appetizer of tuna nachos was outstanding and the swordfish special that night superb. Presentation was beautiful and the cocktails were perfection.
Mark N. August 2018. Toronto ON
SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!
Last night …as usual the service was delightful, the menu filled with tough choices to make, and the atmosphere so comfortable and warm. Once again we were not disappointed with the wonderful White Gate!!
Lois DM . Chester, NS August 2018
SUMMERS AT WHITE GATE
We are summer residents of Chester and always look forward to our dinners at the White Gate. Whether it’s with friends, or our guests from away... the White Gate is one of the highlights of their trip. The wonderful staff, the fabulous food, the charming ambiance all make for a delightful evening.
Sandy S. Georgia, USA. August 2018
FABULOUS FINE DINING IN CHESTER!
I have had the pleasure of dining at White Gate numerous times over the past two years. Excellent food, great ambiance and top notch, friendly service. Exceptional and well thought out wine list that won’t break the bank. Best cocktails on south shore - try a Paper Plane you won’t be disappointed!
Victoria M. Chester NS. August 2018
WORTH A DRIVE TO CHESTER
Some restaurants stand out because of their excellent food, some because of service and others as a result of their decor. White Gate Inn and Restaurant is remarkable because it has all three and certainly is the best restaurant on the Shore of Nova Scotia. This is a restaurant, and an experience not to be missed.
Hali 1550. Halifax NS. August 2018
My husband and I live on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, We just happened to see an ad for the White Gate, and decided to try it. Wow. We were quite surprised to find a top quality, fine dining place in Chester. From the professional staff to the white linens, the general ambience of a beautifully restored old building, we were happy from the moment we were seated. And the food was exquisite from starter to dessert.
Mimi D. Nova Scotia. July 2018
BEAUTIFUL ROOM AND FOOD TO MATCH
There's great attention to detail apparent in both the decor and food at The White Gate. Perfect spot for a romantic meal, the service is professional and friendly. There are some surprising touches on the menu that take commonly found dishes such as seared scallops to another level of deliciousness.
Susan H. July 2018
A LOVELY PLACE TO DINE
Had dinner here last night with friends and could not have been happier, the food was delicious, the service uplifting and the atmosphere was charming. This is definitely one of the top restaurants on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
James H. July 2018
Wonderful evening with a fabulous ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine which was served to perfection and the service was friendly without being intrusive. Highly recommended.
Peter F. June 2018
WONDERFUL ADDITION TO CHESTER!
We went there many times this summer and enjoyed each experience. There is great variety, creative recipes and lovely flavours. The wine list very well balanced with excellent prices. Love to see some of the old staff from the previous restaurant!
6770 Jubilee, Halifax NS. Oct 2017
BEST DINNING IN CHESTER
Overall this was a fabulous dining experience. Restaurant has a gourmet menu with a daily specials board and good wine list. Menu offers something for almost every ones taste.
S John. Chester Basin NS. June 2017