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All 14 Barrydale Restaurants

The Blue Cow

Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
0825791253
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Ranked #4 of 14 Restaurants in Barrydale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $10
Cuisines: Bakery, Vegetarian, Eclectic, Family Fare
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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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Langebaan, South Africa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

What a lovely place to break a long road trip! Absolutely stunning scenery, friendly helpful staff, excellent value for money and delicious food. I even had the opportunity of feeding the fish and ducks. Will definitely stop there again.

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Knysna
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Definitely recommended for a refreshment or lunch stopover as you drive along Route 62. Tasty food, friendly and welcoming staff and a lovely outlook from the deck. Don't miss the opportunity to peek into the nearby Barrydale Hotel and The Magpie opposite...who supplied Michele Obama with two of their weird and wonderful chandeliers that adorn the White House.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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164 reviews 164 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were driving between Oudtshoorn and Franschhoek a 400km drive and in need of a break, having noticed humorous signs coming into Barrydale for the Blue Cow we decided to stop for a coffee and cake. Were we glad we did, meeting the owner Hannette Cooke we were knocked out by her passion for her establishment. There is a sign... More

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We felt like children when we fed the ducks and fish with bread that was provided by the hostess upon arrival. What a lovely tranquil atmosphere overlooking a pond as you sit on the deck enjoying a great meal. The chicken is highly recommended! It's worthwhile to take the turn off the R62 into the small town to this great... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great by the owner who immediately gives you bread to feed the fish - what a unique and great idea - well worth it just for the feeding. The coffee great, breakfast fresh and tasty, friendly service and staff. Stunning view and a great place to stop

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We stopped there on Thursday on our way back from Wilderness, WHAT a lovely venue! Feeding the KOI and ducks was such a treat, we felt like children again. The food was lovely, and its so good to be able to order half a slice of cake! My husband had the waffle and on saturday he had another waffle in... More

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UK
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We stopped here when driving to Oudshoorn and it proved a perfect stop in terms of location, setting and food. When you pull up it does look a bit like a tin shed, but just go inside - you will not regret taking your lunch at this waterfront location. We were so warmly welcomed and had a great relaxing break.... More

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Swellendam, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very friendly, efficient service, very tasty fare. The setting is very relaxing, the birds and the fish all love the bread which is given to share with them. bird watchers paradise.

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Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were staying in the Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve, but the weather was lousy so we paid a visit to Barrydale up the Tradouw Pass and saw a sign "Blue Cow coffee shop on the Waterfront" It was pouring with rain and the Afrikaans owner had the door open for us ready with blankets to put round us !! They had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stopped at The Blue Cow for an afternoon tea break while driving from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn. We were seated outside and the owner chatted with us while a staff member handed us each a slice of wheat bread. We weren't sure whether we were to eat the bread, so we both tentatively took bites, at which point the owner... More

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Additional Information about The Blue Cow

Address: Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
Phone Number: 0825791253
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Barrydale
Average Prices: USD 2 - 10
Cuisine: Bakery, Vegetarian, Eclectic, Family Fare

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