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The Blue Cow

| Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
+27 82 579 1253
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cheesecake” (30 reviews)
“cakes” (25 reviews)
“quiche” (12 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 17:00All hours
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We hosted a baby shower at the blue cow and everything was just superb. Hannette really goes out of her way to make sure you are happy. Good food and a beautiful view.

Thank Chrystal62
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoy the friendly people and the surroundings. Ask for a slice of bread to feed the fish. We had toasted sandwiches and it was delicious

Thank OomCharlie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were recommended to enjoy cheesecake at the quaintly named "Barrydale waterfront"...a restaurant off the main road, overlooking a farm dam stocked with massive, fearsomely hungry koi and barbel fish. The proprietor Hannette welcomed us with two sliced of bread...."feed the fish" we were advised!...More

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We had lunch at the Blue Cow and really enjoyed the peaceful setting on the dam, watching the fish play in the water below us. The food and service was great, with quiches just out the oven and yummy salads. Generous portion sizes too. Their...More

Thank Gabrielle_Pitman
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Great cheesecake, awesome views accompanied by friendly service, definitely would visit again :) Thanks for a great experience

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We called in here on passing through and what a delightful place. Our host was so helpful and informative ( we were looking for somewhere to stay) she spent time with us giving us info and ideas on where to go. Food was delicious and...More

Thank Marian S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Did you know that Barrydale has its very own waterfront? It's not The Lungo Mare but it's really cute. There is a wonderful little restaurant hidden away alongside a large pond which is boiling with carp and is surrounded by trees which attract birdlife. It...More

Thank Helen F
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We were travelling from outdshoorn back to capetown. When we were leaving outdshoorn our host told us to stop at the blue cow in barrydale. First we saw when we entered barrydale was a sign leading us to the blue cow cafe...when we were standing...More

Thank Michaela H
Reviewed 8 May 2017

There are a lot of restaurants in Barrydale so choosing one is pretty difficult. We decided we did not want to be on the busy main road so opted for the Blue Cow a few streets from the highway. From the moment we arrived until...More

Thank NewbyR
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Very idylic small restaurant at a pond full of fish who were begging for bread. The girl who served the lunch was shy but very nice. They have some basic food which tast good. For lunch very good but not for dinner

Thank Tedhoek
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Barrydale
  • Phone Number: +27 82 579 1253
  • E-mail
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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