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Our Story


The Legend
Barcelos is named after a quaint Portuguese town that is famous for an ancient legend of the Barcelos rooster.

According to the 17th century legend, a pilgrim seeking food and water in Barcelos, was accused of stealing from a landowner. The pilgrim was sentenced to hang despite his protests of innocence. In a last minute appeal to the judge, who was enjoying a roasted rooster for dinner at the time, the pilgrim boldly stated, “If I am innocent, then that rooster will get up and crow!” Suddenly, a gorgeous scarlet-plumed cockerel rose from the plate, crowing loudly.
The man was acquitted of course!
Today the town’s shops and streets are decorated with colourful ceramic roosters, and it is still a place to have a leisurely and hearty meal or a slow cup of coffee.
 

The Real Story


While the re-telling of the legend varies, offering different versions, Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken has written a singularly modern story of its own. As with any journey that starts out with one small step, Barcelos opened its first store in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993. Using recipes mastered by the Portuguese hundreds of years ago, our flavours became so popular that we started to create franchised outlets in 1998. Since then we have opened outlets in 11 countries.

Modern fast-lane-living has left us with little time to enjoy good, old-fashioned traditions and ideals. This is equally true about food and eating habits, therefor we at Barcelos strive continually to find a balance between the traditional, healthy home-style cuisine and the fast lane demands of the modern world. Our quick service restaurants specialise in the traditional way of serving healthy and spicy, flame grilled chicken, prepared as authentically as it was mastered by the ancient Portuguese chefs.

Today, Barcelos, with its roots in culture, tradition and history, offers a relaxed and convenient dining experience for a diverse range of cultures.

 

The Future


As with most brands, the
Barcelos identity has undergone some transformations over the years in order to remain a key player in the casual dining/quick service restaurant industry.

With our fame and flavour rooted firmly in tradition, authentic recipes and friendly service, Barcelos is very much a forward-thinking company when it comes to seeking new adventures in foreign and far-off places. Our journey has already taken us from South Africa, to Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, Dubai, Namibia, Oman and Mauritius. We will soon be in Sudan and Pakistan.

Our ability to satisfy various cultures and tastes is evidence that we have mastered the recipe for success and growth. Join us in our journey as our Barcelos cockerel travels the world and the legend lives on.. 
 

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Welcome to Barcelos Botswana.

The official home of Portuguese flavour...with heart. The Barcelos family are spread all over the globe and now even Botswana.With the flame grilled chicken in this country almost everyone can enjoy the taste.With 11 franchise shops already open, and even still new franchisee to come .

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