The legend of the Barcelos Cockerel


This tale dates back to the 14th century, and, like all legends, the details differ depending on who’s doing the telling. Here’s our version.

A pilgrim was passing through the village of Barcelos in Portugal when he was wrongly accused of theft. This was a serious charge for which a guilty verdict meant certain death.

The pilgrim was brought before the town’s judge, who was about to eat a roast cockerel for dinner. Feeling vulnerable in a strange village and knowing what his sorry fate might be, the pilgrim pleaded: “If I am innocent, may that cockerel get up and crow!”

No sooner had he spoken, than the cockerel got up and crowed heartily (well it is a legend!).

With that, the pilgrim was pardoned and allowed to go on his way.

Ever since, the Barcelos Cockerel has been a symbol of faith, justice and good fortune.

No worries if you’re a first time visitor!

This quick guide will make you feel at home from your very first visit.

1Choose your food and the heat level.

2 Head to the counter to place your order and pay.

3Choose your table and make yourself at home - minha casa e sua casa.

4 Your order will be brought to your table - dig in! (Eating with your hands is heartily encouraged.)