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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: 96%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Country House
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 13 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Historic Rooms Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 6 These are the original rooms of this historic inn. They have double or twin beds with percale linen and have been in... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Shared bathroom, Upstairs, Separate toilet, Fan see more Twin beds, Double beds, Shared bathroom, Upstairs, Separate toilet, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, City views
    from R490 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • En-suite Bedrooms Sleeps 3 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 3 The en-suite rooms are furnished with antiques and percale linen. Each room can accomodate an extra single bed for a... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shower over bath, Upstairs, Garden views, Fan see more Double beds, En-suite, Shower over bath, Upstairs, Garden views, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms
        from R690 For 2 guests
        • Rooms Adults
          • Superior Double Room Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Our Superior en-suite room has a double bed and the other en-suites have twin beds.
            from R720 For 2 guests
            • Adults

              Reviews for Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

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              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

              Kate steyn, South Africa
              18 January 2016

              We had a lovely overnight at this historic hotel.  Very comfortable and nothing lacking. Would recommend to anyone.

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              Historic Pig and Whistle Inn Map

              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

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