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The Bonavista Social Club is a new food production outlet located in the small community of Upper Amherst Cove on the Bonavista Peninsula. Owned and operated by Katie and Shane Hayes, the Bonavista Social Club harnesses the established farm gardens, animal husbandry and self sufficient lifestyle presently at work in Upper Amherst Cove, to provide a truly unique experience of rural Newfoundland. A walk through the gardens of the cove is recommended, which can include a stop to visit our goats, lambs and various fowl.

The Bonavista Social Club is home to the only commercial wood-fired bread oven in Newfoundland and Labrador. The bread oven is the centrepiece of an open kitchen where customers can experience the production process. Breads such as rye, sourdough, baguette, multigrain and bagels are baked daily.

Food is served daily indoors or on our ocean view deck. The menu includes sandwiches, soup, salads and pizza with ingredients varying depending on what is fresh in the gardens. Our fresh breads and a range of products made on site including oils, vinegars, dressings, aiolis, soups, stocks and sauces are all available to purchase. The Bonavista Social Club can be booked for private events and will host its first annual Garlic Festival this September, 2012.

Seasons Open: Wednesday - Sunday,11am - 8pm

Price Style for this Establishment

$$ - $11 to $30

Accessibility Notes: The Bonavista Social Club building is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair washrooms.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

A holistic view of living and farming is practiced in Upper Amherst Cove, living in harmony with nature and at all times trying to increase the vibrancy of the ecosystem. Traditional natural farming practices are used by the Bonavista Social Club. Waste is minimized by composting and careful recycling.  Natural soil building practices include the use of kelp, manure, lime and compost on our gardens. The recent addition of Honey Bee colonies has enhanced pollination and provided organic honey for use in our kitchen. Remarkably, the island of Newfoundland is the last Varroae Mite free area in the world, which translates into chemical free Honey Bees.

 Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Katie Hayes (see Paterson), a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada and a Red Seal Chef, grew up in Upper Amherst Cove. During her childhood she spent many days picking rocks to open up new garden beds from which the produce will now be sourced. Her familiarity with using the vegetables and fruits growing in Upper Amherst Cove will provide the concepts and recipes for the Bonavista Social Club product range.

Paterson Woodworking, owned and operated by Katie’s father Mike, is located directly beside the Bonavista Social Club. Paterson Woodworking built and renovated the building used by the Bonavista Social Club. The wooden plates, bowls and spoons used by the Bonavista Social Club are all hand turned by Paterson Woodworking.

For More Information, Contact:

Katie and Shane Hayes
PO Box 9, Upper Amherst Cove, NL A0C 2A0

Gord Button wrote on May 05, 2015: Visited BSC in September 2014 while on a motorcycle tour from St. John’s to Trinity via Bonavista. I had a most delicious baguette while waiting for my pizza which was excellent. My more adventurous riding buddy, Roger, chose some sort of goat meat and garlic scarpes (or something like that!) He didn't leave a scarpe on the plate so I can only assume that this was delicious as well. I'm full of anticipation of a 2015 ride to the area, of which a stop at BSC will certainly be a highlight! Can hardly wait.

David and Judy Borland wrote on March 01, 2013: We would like to congratulate Katie and Shane on being awarded Restaurateur of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador by the RANL on Feb. 22/2013. For the firts year, not bad, eh bye!

Pat Tracy, Janna Taylor wrote on August 14, 2012: The 'club' has become our go-to place for incredible food and a relaxing spot to chill out and soak up the best of what Newfoundland has to offer – friendly folks and breathtaking scenery (complete with whales!)

Juanita wrote on July 16, 2012: Where can you sit on a restaurant deck overlooking the ocean,be served a scrumptious meal and watch whales playing, osprey fishing, and eagles soaring at the same time. Only at the Bonavista Social Club.

Cam wrote on June 24, 2012: Stopped by for some lunch. Pizza was delicious, the rhubarb lemonade satisfyingly different. I'll be back tomorrow to stuff my luggage with the bread they make.

Heather McClelland wrote on June 12, 2012: Katie and Shane, Congratulations on the oepning of Bonavista Social Club! Word travels quickly to the states! much success and happiness to you. Cant wait to try it one day! Love from Heather and the gang

Lynn and Ted Diamond wrote on June 07, 2012: What a rare find.....delicious home baked bread and the most wonderful soups. Such a beautiful setting and such wonderful food. Took home dessert and 9 loaves of bread! A "must visit" for your summer touring schedule!

Amelie Desilets wrote on May 29, 2012: Just heard about it and absolutly can't wait to bring all my family there when they visit the area this summer...all the way from Montreal and Quebec city. See you then and thank you for bringing the best of 2 worlds: Newfoundland and eco-friendly food!

Garry & Barbara Romaine wrote on May 27, 2012: Delicious food!! Friendly atmosphere!! Fanastic view!! Who could ask for anything more? One of our new favourite places to eat!!

craig aylward wrote on May 22, 2012: looks good ,can't wait to try the pizza this summer.

jen's mumser ...... wrote on May 21, 2012: congratulations Katie and Shane, hope all your hard work brings its rewards,xx annie b. hannigan xx Wish I was there ....

Claudia & Ches Drodge, Trinity East wrote on May 16, 2012: You are met with the aroma of freshly baked bread, friendly staff& excellent food.

David & Judy Borland wrote on April 18, 2012: Looking forward to a great fresh supply of bread and rolls!!!!

Heather Squires wrote on April 15, 2012: I met Katie when she was a child and I was living in Bonavista doing research on the cod collapse. I bought a gorgeous table and chair set off her dad, Mike. Many years later and I'm no longer in Bonavista but it's fabulous to read of this new venture - congratulations and bravo BSC!

Ruth Weller-Malchow wrote on March 23, 2012: Hey Katie, looking forward to finally meeting you and coming out to BSC for pizza...When are you starting to wholesale bread and products? Can't wait to serve them here at Neil's Yard!! cheers and hi to your lovely parents! r

Stewart Wadden wrote on March 06, 2012: Just great to see this come together. See you when I get to Trouty for the summer.

Débh Tipple wrote on March 02, 2012: I'm loving the whole ethos behind this business guys, I can't wait to be there in person and try all your goodies! Best Wishes to you.

Lori White wrote on February 29, 2012: Best news of 2012! I can't wait to visit and taste the breads that come out of that oven! Congratulations, bravo!

Jane Bonia wrote on February 29, 2012: So so awesome! Can’t wait to venture out there for a bite. Congrats Katie and Shane!!

Stephanie Michael wrote on February 29, 2012: I heard your interview on CBC Morning Show today. My family will look forward to visit this spring. Best of luck...sounds wonderful.

Josh Devereaux wrote on February 25, 2012: Love to see market diversification, originality, and quality "out home." Way to go Katie. I will come by this summer.

Bernice Mouland Clements wrote on February 25, 2012: I wish you much success, looking forward to checking the place out, Can we buy the breads?

Wanda Yetman wrote on February 25, 2012: Great news Katie and Shane! Looking forward to checking it out .Congrats!

Bernice Tucker wrote on February 25, 2012: Looking forward to tasting all your goodies the next time I visit Harry & Rose! Congratulations!

Pam Brown wrote on February 25, 2012: Congrats Katie!! This is so exciting :) We're really looking forward to coming home to Amherst Cove to visit your new place.

Claire Paterson Reed wrote on February 25, 2012: Congratulations Shane and Katie. It sounds amazing. I hope to come one day and enjoy the food and see you all. Love Claire

Susan Little wrote on February 25, 2012: Can't wait to try your creations. See you this summer!!!

jenn thorne wrote on February 25, 2012: well done!!! gonna be amazing:)

Patty Wells wrote on February 25, 2012: Really looking forward to enjoying your food and beautiful surroundings. Best wishes to you!

Deanne Hiscock wrote on February 25, 2012: Sounds like a super place to visit! And the scenery is awesome, especially the sunsets!!

Darcie Cohen wrote on February 25, 2012: Awesome job guys!!! I wish you all the best :)

Dana Dalton-Pittman wrote on February 25, 2012: Wishing you all the best... another place on my to visit list....

Dora Hobbs-Harris wrote on February 25, 2012: Sounds like the next place on my list to visit..when the weather permits..First i heard of it.saw the ad on facebook..Thanks for posting..

Hannah Dickson wrote on February 24, 2012: Katie & Shane ... this looks fabulous! I can't wait to get back to NL and experience the full glory of the BSC.

Kim Karsh wrote on February 24, 2012: I think this is fantastic and I wish you all the best!

Julie Lodge wrote on February 24, 2012: Katie, this is such a fantastic idea!!! Congrats, looking forward to checking your place out :)

Rowena Faulkner wrote on February 24, 2012: Wishing you all the best with your new adventure

Isaac Norman wrote on February 24, 2012: I wish you every success. I believe as the weather improves so will your business. Best wishes again.

Elaine wrote on February 24, 2012: Best of Luck Katie....I'm delighted about your news!


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Latitude: 48.559433200
Longitude: -53.233512600
Elevation: 118 FT (36 M)
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