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The Blue Cow

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Bakeries, Vegetarian, Family Fare, Eclectic
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Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
0825791253
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Description: Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on the farm Tradouwshoek of...
Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on the farm Tradouwshoek of Boetie & Hannette Cooke. Well known for spectacular views, bird watching, healthy country climate and unforgettable meals. The Blue Cow established in 2005 and takes pride in serving the best farm food available. Impressum Six generations ago Robert Cooke, a farm worker near Dublin in Ireland fell in love with a landowner's daughter, Mary-anne Proudfoot They were forbidden to marry because of the class difference so, undeterred, they jumped aboard a ship to Cape Town and then took an ox-wagon to Swellendam In 1890 the Cooke family ended up with the farm in Barrydale where they have been farming dairy and fruit ever since. Boetie and Hannette Cooke continued farming in the family tradition and brought up their children Bertus, Anika and Danel on the farm. About eight years ago Hannette had an idea. She told Boetie what she wanted to do and in true male tradition he told her it was a silly idea and wouldn't work. It took Hannette two years of female guile to convince Boetie that a restaurant in the "calf paddock by the dam" on the farm would be a good idea. And a great idea it was... The Blue Cow was born.
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  • Food
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    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
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Nice setting and nice people. Interesting pond full of fish to feed and watch. Well worth the visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Nice setting and nice people. Interesting pond full of fish to feed and watch. Well worth the visit.

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

After my first visit to The Blue Cow, I deliberately planned to visit again. As much as Barrydale's Waterfront provides refreshment to the hasty traveller, the atmosphere is best enjoyed with time to spare. It occupies a spot at the edge of town, away from the hustle found next to the R62, I will visit again.

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great coffee and we had some tasty cheesecake. All served by friendly staff. And you get to feed some big fish! Well worth a visit if you fancy a coffee.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Who would have thought that Barrydale would have a waterfront but it is true. Ideal setting to sit and relax on your drive on Route 62. Food was excellent, service was excellent and view was even better. A definite stop....

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This place was a stop off on our journey from Stellenbosch to Knysna. The ladies who were working, made this the most enjoyable stop off though! We were a large group travelling to Knysna on our way to our wedding at the ellie park. I am kicking myself as i have forgotten their names and lost their e mails but... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

A nice place to stop and have some lunch and coffee. The owner is lovely and loves to talk, which is a good thing. Ice coffee was perfect

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Stopped for coffee and dessert one morning while driving through the Karoo. Lovely little restaurant, very picturesque, friendly owner knowledgeable about local wineries.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Beautiful spot and worth finding as it's not far from route 62. We had delicious cake and coffee, great service and the owner was very friendly and helpful. All in all a great place not to be missed.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What a great stopover the Blue Cow is. Away from the (busy and touristic) restaurants on the R62. Great for the children as they are handed some bread to feed the fish - The coffee and cake are great. The staff is very friendly. Also visit the little bookshop next to the blue Cow.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for coffee recently and what a good decision that was. The plunger coffee is excellent. We also had the homemade cheesecake which was first rate. Just follow the signs off R62 and you'll find its a lovely spot by a fish pond. We sat outside watching the birds and looking at the lovely view. Staff are lovely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Barrydale
  • Phone Number: 0825791253

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 10
  • Cuisine: Bakeries, Vegetarian, Family Fare, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains on the farm Tradouwshoek of Boetie & Hannette Cooke. Well known for spectacular views, bird watching, healthy country climate and unforgettable meals. The Blue Cow established in 2005 and takes pride in serving the best farm food available. Impressum Six generations ago Robert Cooke, a farm worker near Dublin in Ireland fell in love with a landowner's daughter, Mary-anne Proudfoot They were forbidden to marry because of the class difference so, undeterred, they jumped aboard a ship to Cape Town and then took an ox-wagon to Swellendam In 1890 the Cooke family ended up with the farm in Barrydale where they have been farming dairy and fruit ever since. Boetie and Hannette Cooke continued farming in the family tradition and brought up their children Bertus, Anika and Danel on the farm. About eight years ago Hannette had an idea. She told Boetie what she wanted to do and in true male tradition he told her it was a silly idea and wouldn't work. It took Hannette two years of female guile to convince Boetie that a restaurant in the "calf paddock by the dam" on the farm would be a good idea. And a great idea it was... The Blue Cow was born.

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