Originally destined to be a German-style pub in keeping with the local culture, Lunenburg’s seafaring history eventually won out as The Knot has developed a decidedly sea-shanty-esque charm. For hundreds of years, oak was the traditional wood used for boat building in Lunenburg and inspired much of the wooden interior. In fact, most of the oak you’ll see inside onced formed Denyse’s father’s barn in Wentzell’s Lake. Now that’s local building material!
You’ll notice many nautical brass fittings as you look around which mostly came from the Lunenburg Foundry down the street. The copper pennies on the ceiling though are Denyse’s own design. She put every one of them up there herself. Try counting them!
One of the main curiosities as you walk in are the large, horseshoe-shaped seats which look like they would be right at home in the bow of a tall ship. The design was inspired by a bar in Germany and is meant to encourage conversation and conviviality with places to stand or sit – whichever you prefer!
And if at the end of the night you happen to notice a faint outline of a lady gliding by – either you’ve had one too many pints – or you’re lucky enough to have spotted the resident ghost. No one knows exactly who she is but she’s definitely friendly – just like everyone else here!
Denyse and her partners opened the Knot in 1987 “on a wing and a prayer”. She believes the key to success is keeping it simple. Great food, great staff and a traditional yet eclectic ambience are the elements which keep people coming back from near and far.