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The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant

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268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
+27 46 625 0673
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good48%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pot pies” (4 reviews)
“calamari” (4 reviews)
“burgers” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
RR - RRR
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LOCATION
268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Only stopped by here for a drink, but found the place an interesting pit stop.....interior had some interesting nooks and crannies to explore including the bar area and the stoep a good place to watch the goings on in the street. It looks like it...More

Thank Celtic-Wanderer
Reviewed 4 days ago

On the route from Matyholweni Gate to Port Alfred we wanted some lunch. After the disappointment of dirty, messy Grahamstown we were so happy to see Bathurst and this nice looking restaurant. Very charming indoors, enjoyable to eat outdoors and watching people on the main...More

Thank ettelbruck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel accommodation was clean, neat and well organized. I stayed over with my wife and our daughter had her own room. All rooms cater for 2 people sharing and bathrooms are shared. Each room provides clean linen & towels with bottled water and coffee/tea with...More

Thank 57clints
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! thank you for the solid five-out-of-five review. Thank you also for spending the time setting out what you enjoyed about our Historic Inn. We try very hard to ensure as authentic a stay as possible without your missing out on life's good things. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made a booking before the time. Not the best service. Not a big variety of food and not the greatest tasting food.

Thank Lynette J
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lynette Thank you for your frank review. We are sorry we did not meet your expectations. Perhaps a return visit and we can make amends.

Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We were last here 2 years ago, recollection was that the food was ok and the service was exceptionally slow, but the place was packed. By comparison today, the place was only half full and the service was still shocking. As for the food, the...More

Thank Croixant
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Greetings. we are sorry that you did not enjoy the food presented to you. We usually get rave reviews about our pot pies and they are generally the most favoured of our dishes apart from the baskets for holiday makers. We are please you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

A last minute decision to head to the pig and whistle, and what a great decision!! Absolutely delicious meal, home made burgers - yum yum and scrumptious prawns. And our waitress Bukie - excellent. But the night got better...live band BJ Ford, Pee Wee &...More

Thank janleewalker
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Hi Janlee. Thank you for the great review. We have live music at every month end. BJ Ford and co certainly offer great entertainment. We are pleased you enjoyed your Pig experience and look forward to your return visit. Our burgers are made by Sylvie...More

Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We absolutely love coming to the Pig and Whistle. The food is outstanding and the most amazing people run place.

Thank Jessica B
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Hi Jessica we love the five stars! We also look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

The food was excellent and service good with very friendly staff. Lasagna tasty, and the kids enjoyed the calamari.More

Thank Tanya d
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you for spending some of your valuable holiday time with us Tanya. We are pleased you enjoyed one of our daily season specials. We are even more pleased that your children enjoyed visiting us. We look forward to your return visit. BTW five stars...More

Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

After a much anticipated visit to the historic Pig and Whistle Pub, we were bitterly disappointed by the unfriendly and inhospitable service. Upon arrival, the Barman was less than welcoming, as the shift was coming to an end and this created a rather undesired experience...More

Thank Lollypop888
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

We are naturally very upset about what we hope would have been a once off experience for any guest. We usually get extremely good feedback regarding our bar and waitering staff. Unfortunately you say that you will not give us a chance to redeem ourselves,...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

Good food, terrible service. Waited an hour and a half to get lunch and then had to hear all sorts of excuses

Thank djr361
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Greetings, thank you for your brutally frank review. Obviously we are not proud to have kept you waiting and will continually strive to provide the good food you speak of without the unacceptable wait. We can only hope to redeem ourselves on your next visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Bathurst
  • Phone Number: +27 46 625 0673
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Description
The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant is housed in The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn. The Pub serving the Restaurant and Inn is the oldest continuously Licenced Pub in South Africa.The sense of history can almost be touched in this wonderful old place. The Restaurant consists of two locations. The timeless and popular verandah which adjoins the street as a sidewalk cafe where you can enjoy a grilled fish, steak or enjoy a coffee and the signature lemon meringue tart and watch the passing parade in this quaint village. Alternatively, the Historic Dining area has recently (in September 2011) been refurbished with a focus on its historic roots. The restaurant is popular for its traditional Sunday Roasts. Affordable family fare is the order of the day.
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