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About Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

Located in the historic town of Bathurst, this 189-year-old pub, restaurant, and hotel is believed to be the oldest continuously operating pub in South Africa and is a Heritage site.

The Pig & Whistle Inn has 10 beautifully restored rooms and is a blend of historic ambiance and modern facilities. There are four en-suite rooms and six traditional, old-fashioned rooms with communal bathrooms.

Owned by Lucille and Gavin Came, the inn is renowned for its food and Old World charm. Generations of visitors, harking back to Lord Charles Somerset, can say "I've had a swig at the Pig".

Wedding Venues: We are able to cater for weddings with up to 80 guests by arrangement. Nearby historic churches are able to host the ceremony

Conference Venues: We can accommodate 20 delegates in a separate conference room. For bigger conferences and weddings our Restaurant and/or Lounge are available by arrangement

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 14 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 17 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Eastern Cape

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading
* Please enquire for further details.

Historic Pig and Whistle Inn Rooms

Reviews for Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

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Denis Radford
15 May 2021

Fantastic luncheon, dinner and breakfast, although in my opinion, curry was too mild, but the average South African would ptobably say it was hot. The room was lovely. Bed comfortable as well as the accommodation. Shower was magnificent, such good hot water and fantastic water pressure. Better than my own home. Could gave stayed under that shower for the day. Worth every penny spent. Hotel full of old world antiques, that can be purchased as some items gave price tags on. Highly recommended and no TV, could enjoy the peace and read my book.I would however like hooks in the shared shower, as...
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Erica Sampson
20 October 2019

Nice big room and bed - very comfortable and clean. Old fashioned and charming.

Jan Bezuidenhout
20 June 2019

We were treated like old friends. Wonderful atmosphere. The Monday nigt steak special is ver special. Will definitely return for longer stay

Sue Southwood
27 July 2018

The whole experience was just great! Place is perfect, staff just lovely and the food delicious!

Vonica Perold
16 January 2018

This was our last stop after a road trip through the Transkei.... and it was perfect. Beautiful rooms, delicious food and fun bar. Beautiful town and really affordable accommodation. Highly recommend it!

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Historic Pig and Whistle Inn is 2.1km from the centre of Bathurst , the nearest airport 122.9km (East London Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling