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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” (32 reviews)
“bread” (35 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 5:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Opposite High School Barrydale, Barrydale 6750, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 190 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We had heard this name for this amazing breakfast spot from the owners son, at whose B&B we had spent the night so we just had to visit and chose to have breakfast here. What an amazing place. We ordered a full English breakfast and...More

Thank ushanaidu
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best home made apple pie ever is served on a charming wooden deck from which you can can feed Koi and ducks. Enthusiastically run with passion and joy this is the perfect distance from Cape Town to take a welcome breather and leg stretch...More

Thank Rambling-Eric
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened on this quirky farm shop/restaurant while travelling east towards Knysna. Quaint cabin style overlooking an area of water teeming with hungry koi carp and nesting colourful weaver birds. We enjoyed unusual flavoured milkshakes and toasties provided by a friendly and informative owner/hostess....More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully done farm buildings. Very neat, clean and homely. The owner (Bertus) is friendly and helpful. Neat and well kept communal braai area. Free wifi. Tranquil farms surroundingings. Good value for money. A real pleasure to arrive here after a long drive.

Thank Gatskuur247
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Feeding the fish is a good idea and also the deck. The milkshakes is also yummy but the price for a cappachino is a bit much. Also it would be nice to make the entrance a bit more appealing. We did not go in the...More

Thank yolandegeel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really gem situated on a dam with birds and fish right there to lookat Only had breakfast and coffee but outstanding service and really nice people

Thank mikeaJ3743LD
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We arrived and they were closing but very kindly opened up for us so we could try the cheesecake we'd heard about. WELL it was so worth it! ABSOLUTELY DELISH! The owner is just wonderful too! Friendly and so interesting to talk to her and...More

Thank kittykat015
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We stopped for tea and cake and thought we would give The Blue Cow a go. Upon entering the establishment we felt crowded in. There is hardly any space and right in the entrance is a table squashed into a corner. You try to look...More

Thank Leza B
Reviewed 1 October 2017

When we walked into the Blue Cow restaurant at the 'waterfront' we were handed a slice of dry bread as part of the greeting - it was to feed the koi fish in the duck pond which the small restaurant overlooks (hence the waterfront). A...More

Thank Andre H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Driving through on my way home I decided to get off the main road and give this place a try out -what a fortuitous decision!! Upon arriving I was given 2 slices of bread and shown the Koi/Carp pond which the veranda where I sat...More

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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, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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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