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“Cappuchino on the water”
Review of The Blue Cow

The Blue Cow
Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Barrydale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $10
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, 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.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Cappuchino on the water”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

A really beautiful spot, with a wooden cabin and deck over looking a wet land pond and the Barrydale mountains. Great place for scones and coffee or lunch.

Visited July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
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“exquisite view”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is a nice coffee shop restaurant to stop for the view and a coffee however the food for me is over priced for the quantity. The cakes looked divine however did not look at prices as we were disappointed with the service. We were there in Dec 2012 and the service was very bad and the people were not friendly at all.

Visited June 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Blue Cow”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

What a delightful place. We had a milkshake on one day and breakfast on the other. I also sampled the apple pie and it was marvellous, especially the way the mix the cream! It is also such fun to feed the fish and ducks and also to just sit and watch the "waterfront". I will definitely go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Great restaurant in a perfect location”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Excellent stop off if driving the R62 wine route with first class food and service.
Really helpful owner even came up with suggestions for my planned overnight stop in Swellendam which proved to be spot on.
The location is simply without comparison located below the mountains of the little Karoo by a small lake stocked with Carp. They even put bread on your table to feed them.
Take the time to ind this restaurant and you will not be disappointed with anything about it.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Perfect lunch stop on R62”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

A wonderful experience and delicious lunch. The food won't change your life but the experience of sitting out watching the ducks and surveying the hills behind is a very welcome break for any road trip along the R62.

  • Visited June 2013
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