TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and the BBC Deadly Pole to Pole film crew (pictured left, drinking Deadly Diddle Dee Bellinis in the Sea Cabbage Cafe), visited Bluff Cove Lagoon in February 2014. Steve wrote this poem in our visitor's book:
"To sit and watch the white waves break, While sampling some sumptuous cake, And munch a scone, and a cup of tea, while watching petrels scour the sea, A glass of wine, it's proper craic. Indulging in the world's naughtiest flapjack, To leave these isles, with a smile on your face, The Sea Cabbage Cafe is without doubt, the place!"
TV wildlife presenter Nigel Marven visited Bluff Cove Lagoon in January 2013. He had a great time, including a dip in the sea, and said about the lagoon:
“A wildlife spectacular! A cream tea to die for!”
TV celebrity chef Phil Vickery visited Bluff Cove Lagoon in 2012 (and was bogged, see picture). He wrote in his food blog afterwards:
"Kevin and Hattie Kilmartin run the Bluff Cove Penguin Tour, in the season running cruise ship passengers to and from Stanley to see Penguins at Bluff Cove; it includes Hattie’s fabulous food. Hattie is a serious cook, having cooked almost all over the world, including 2 stints in Mongolia."
The Falkland Islands may lack trees, but the archipelago is
Stephanie Pearson, Afar Magazine, April 2010
“Penguins, on the other hand, don’t appreciate low-flying jets. They get flustered and scatter, stumbling into each other like skittles. It’s one of the things Hattie Kilmartin is keen to impress on the British Armed Forces whenever she can. Not only is her farm at Bluff Cove (south-west of Stanley) home to 2,000 gentoo penguins, but kings are also starting to breed there. When I arrived, one of the dapper adults was admiring its reflection in the shallow lagoon behind the beach. I have to confess it was my belly, as much as my binoculars, that lured me to Bluff Cove. Sitting right on the beach, Hattie’s Sea Cabbage Café serves the best cream teas south of Torquay: home-baked scones, farm-fresh cream and jam made from locally harvested diddle-dee berries. It seemed rude not to stay for dinner as well – after all, where else can you eat sea trout and slowroasted lamb, sip a decent Chilean chardonnay and gaze through picture windows at a penguin panorama? Birdwatching just doesn’t get any more civilised.”
Will Gray, Wanderlust Magazine, March 2009
Paul Oswell, Daily Mail Newspaper
Published: 25th June 2009
“Eating homemade game pie at the Sea Cabbage Cafe at Bluff Cove with baby penguins curiously nudging my feet was an early expedition highlight.”
By Ian Herbert
Published: 18th January 2007
“The tour around Bluff Cove Lagoon (home to more than 2,000 gentoo penguins and a small colony of king penguins) breaks for tea in fine British fashion and also takes in one of the islands' essentials - the Sea Cabbage Café. The café is housed in a shack on the seashore but its brightly decorated rooms and home-made cookies are legendary.”
Why I fell for the Falklands
by Hattie Kilmartin
TheTravelEditor.com - Post from the Silver Spirit
“We travel by Land Rover across bog and rocky scrubland to Bluff Cove Lagoon to see the colony of 2000 Gentoo and King Penguins. Two separate groups - penguins and cruise guests - the first protecting the young chicks, the other snapping photos. We warm up with a cup of tea, scones and local Diddle-dee jam in the Sea Cabbage Café nearby.
Beautiful Bluff Cove Lagoon
Falkland Islands Newsletter
Thank you to everybody who has taken the trouble to write to us, to tell us how much they enjoyed their time with us at the Lagoon. Your cards and emails are very much appreciated and we love to hear your comments about our tour!
These are just a few of the many enthusiastic comments we have had:
“After being on board the Silver Spirit since 20 January, experiencing sailing in Antigua, river tube rafting in Domenica, the Rio carnaval, the colour and culture of Brazil, tango dancing in Argentina, the highlight so far is definitely the Bluff Cove lagoon tour to see the penguins, birds and Sea cabbage cafe and museum. The scones and diddle dee jam are delicious. Music on accordian by Toby was a fine cabaret.
We had a wonderful day out and it was all such a fantastic, mesmerising, exhilarating surprise. No wonder you are an award winning tour company; it is utterly unique to experience the nature and wild seascape of the island.
I shall be putting forward details of the Bluff Cove Museum (I loved the history, artefacts, phones and ephemera), for our annual tourism venture awards given by the British guild of travel writers.”
Vivien Devlin, Travel writer, 25th Feb 2010
"A place where spirits soar and the imagination runs wild!" IH, Florida, USA
“The best tour of the holiday!” NW, Yorkshire, UK
"Thanks for all your kindness and cookies, everything was just wonderful!" NT, Puerto Rico
“Fabulous cakes, Fabulous penguins, Fabulous scenery and best of all, Fabulous people! Thank you.” JC, Taunton, UK
“Beautiful comfort in the wild!” CS, California, USA
“Sun, penguins, dolphins; what a wonderful place and such wonderful people, thank you.” DC, UK
“A dream fulfilled, just breathtaking” PM, Ontaria, Canada
"How beautiful! Many thanks for a scrumptious tea delicious cakes and charming hospitality" BM, Hampstead, UK
"Beautiful and spectacular scenery. Thanks so much for your great hospitality" OW, Krakow, Poland
"This is a wonderful experience and we are very honoured to have been here. Thank you" BF, Mansfield, UK
“Fantastic food, people and wildlife” JC, Richmond, British Colombia, Canada
“A once in a life time experience, thank you!” ES, New Jersey, USA
“Penguins Penguins Penguins - Heaven!” RN, Lancaster, UK
“What a marvellous cafe and great excursion. The best.” WH, Toronto, Canada
“A piece of heaven with penguins.” IS, Canberra, Australia
Thank you for a wonderful visit. Great food and hospitality, splendid music, and almost dancing penguins!” CG, Yorkshire, UK
“A thoroughly enjoyable experience topped off with Diddle Dee jam!” JE, New Jersey, USA