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
$$ - $11 to $30
Accessibility Notes: The Bonavista Social Club building is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair washrooms.
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.
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.