“Hattie’s Sea Cabbage Café serves the best cream teas south of Torquay”

Will Gray, Wanderlust Magazine

The Sea Cabbage Café

Down beside the long white sand beach where sea cabbage grows, our guests will discover the magical Sea Cabbage Café and fascinating Bluff Cove Museum and Gift Shop.

 

The bright rooms in the Sea Cabbage Café offer a wonderful setting for guests to relax and enjoy cups of tea, coffee or hot chocolate with generous helpings of Hattie’s delicious home-baked cakes and cookies. Through the large panoramic windows the views are awe-inspiring; spectacular vistas of the waves crashing on the white-sand beach with penguins and dolphins porpoising in the surf.

We have a traditional Falklands peat stove, which means the café is always warm and welcoming.  As well as all the exclusive gifts and souvenirs in our gift shop, found along the wooden walkway in the museum, we have our own selection of postcards for sale, which guests can write in the café and we will post for them.  Both café and shop have modern restrooms.

Hattie runs the café and gift shop. After growing up in the English Lake District, she started cooking professionally in Switzerland, before cooking on horse-back treks in Outer Mongolia and in fishing camps in Northern Russia. Hattie travelled extensively before settling in the Falklands, first running a wildlife lodge on West Falkland for 7 years, and now managing Bluff Cove Lagoon Tours with her husband Kevin on their sheep farm. She bakes all the cakes and cookies for the Sea Cabbage Café. She has always enjoyed cooking with local flavours. She also loves working with wool – spinning, felting, weaving and knitting. Meet her in the gift shop and museum.

Meet Kevin outside the café welcoming guests.  Kevin came to the Islands in 1976 after back-packing across South America. He has worked as a shepherd on West Falkland and as the postmaster on South Georgia and in Antarctica. He bought Bluff Cove Farm in 1980 and was here during the war with Argentina in 1982. The British liberated the farm on the 2nd June, and then Bluff Cove became a springboard for the attacks on the Argentines holding Port Stanley.

During the holidays, their son Toby joins them at the Lagoon.

Refreshments at the Sea Cabbage Café

At the Sea Cabbage Café complimentary freshly brewed tea, coffee, hot chocolate and herbal tea is served in china tea cups with a selection of the following home-baked cakes, tray-bakes and cookies all baked by Hattie:

Hattie’s Famous Carrot cake

Iced Coffee cake

Lemon Drizzle cake

Chocolate cake with Fudge icing

Iced Orange cake

Date & Walnut loaf

Gingerbread

Chocolate covered Mars Bar krispies

Chocolate Brownies

Unflappable Flapjack

Peanut Butter cookies

Coconut Lace cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies

Apricot & Almond cookies

Falkland Smoko Shortbread

Cheese and Chive scones with Hattie’s herb butter

Scones served with Diddle Dee jam and Fresh Farm cream

Gluten free Banana and Pecan loaf

Wild Diddle-dee berries are hand-picked by us in the autumn and made into jam by Hattie ready to be served on her scones with fresh cream in the Sea Cabbage Café. Jars of jam are also available in the gift shop.

The Diddle-dee shrubs grow on peat banks and in amongst the stone-runs. The bushes are covered in the bright red berries from late February. They can be seen on the drive down to the Lagoon.