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About Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

Located in the historic town of Bathurst, this 180-year-old pub, restaurant and hotel is believed to be the oldest continuously operating pub in South Africa and is a National Monument.

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: 92%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 14 Reviews


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

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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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!

Clare Laycock
23 August 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere, and friendly staff. Value for money.wood fires in winter.we had nice room with new bathroom.a nice meal in pub...smoking allowed in pub...but one can go outside on the verandah or lounge area.bed comfortable with electric blanket. All very nice..towels could be a bit larger. Breakfast was awesome. .good coffee. Great historical 1820 Settler village..worth the visit. Great owners. Fabulous antiques in Inn, and for sale.Sunday lunch ...worth the visit.

Sharon Dreyer
09 April 2017

Although we only stayed one night, we had a lovely time. Pot pies at the restaurant are delicious and loved the historical furniture and feel to the place. One thing that does need changing though are those horrible small mugs in the bedroom -the type you find in hospitals- and the selection of tea and coffee is way too basic. Maybe small coffee plungers with sachets of filter coffee just to take it up a notch for the price? Bathroom was lovely-especially the bath- as was the bedroom with its massive 4 poster bed. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful in particular Nathalie and Max.

Cobus Erasmus, South Africa
11 July 2016

it was interesting to stay with them. thanks that they waited up for us. the fact that we sheared a bathroom was a problem because the hot water was cold when we got here and it was not clean any more

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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