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The Blue Cow

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Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
+27 82 579 1253
08:00 - 17:00
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came across the Blue Cow by chance when travelling the N62 and popped in for a quick lunch. The converted shed (with great history as they tell you when you sit down) is a great spot for a stop off. Seated overlooking a lake populated by colourful birds the place is relaxed and the food delicious and portions huge. Great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled upon the blue cow by chance, and what an awesome surprize. Great little restaurant with the best apple pie! Host and staff so welcoming and friendly! Cant wait to return!

Thank B8594JUmichellep
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On way to Cape Town had wonderful respite and excellent value breakfast overlooking the little dam. Good coffee, excellent hostess - her clever son had just won an award for his B and B in Barrydale. Thank you.

Thank Eli K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a few hours drive from the Eastern Cape I took the Route 62 and decided to stop here. Wonderful views and had a super quiche for brunch on the balcony with my dogs. Does not look like much from the outside...but a charming place when you take a look. Lovely owner efficient waitress as well.

1 Thank Katherine M
Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome Stumble Upon on our way to Calisdorp. Don't let the dirt road and the front turn you away. The bakery, gift shop, restaurant and scenery are quint and welcoming. The service is great. The owner is very personable. The menu choices are healthy and they served large portions. You will want to take away all of the yummy desserts... More 

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Springdale, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mist cafes here are on the main road but drive into the delightful town and find this excellent cafe with friendly staff, lovely setting overlooking a small lake and great views. Tea and cake excellent.

1 Thank Tupu2013
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The kids loved feeding the carps with bread that the owner of the Blue Cow generously provided. The atmosphere was very nice. The food was good, but not excellent. For that, the prices were on the more than average side. All in all still the best choice for a family with young kids in Barrydale!

1 Thank telebek
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Skip the tourist traps. Feed the carp. Excellent waterfront surprise with caffeine and cake to match.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Make sure you stop here for breakfast, lunch or a snack if you're in the neighborhood. The setting is perfect - next to a pond full of carp which race up to the railing when you toss them some bread - the service warm and friendly, and the food divine. Two of us had the chicken cheesecake and it was... More 

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Whitburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Have visited this cafe in the past so another visit was required as the cheescake is exceptional. Friendly, efficient service from Hanette, the owner, despite the fact her cafe had been ransacked that morning, she had it up an running in no time. She also secured us a booking for dinner that night in the town at Mez.

1 Thank Ann W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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: Barrydale, Tradouwshoek. Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Barrydale
  • Phone Number: +27 82 579 1253
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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