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The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant

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RR - RRR
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
+27 46 625 0673
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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time visit and will gladly go again. Food and service were excellent and desert was even better.

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Thank bruce k
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Bruce, thank you for your great review. We try to present "farmers portions" of good quality upmarket pub food. I really hope you had the Lemon Meringue, it's great! If not maybe next time. We look forward to your return visit. Perhaps for the Bathurst Country Affair in August, a great food and drink fair. More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a group of 20 , The staff handled us well, food was good , and tasty , we had set carvery. Charming little village with lovely shops to browse, Authentic Olde World Charm PUB and definitely worth a visit on your next visit.

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Thank andreas n
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great feedback Andreas, we love hosting big fun groups. We look forward to your return visit. What about the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown? More 

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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip down memory lane. The best Lamb & Mint pot pie I have ever had. Good value for money and a big heart!

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Thank jacov466
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

How do we respond to this! Thank you for the 5-out-of-5. We are really grateful that we were able to host you on your trip down memory lane by giving you a great new memory. Join us at The Bathurst Country affair in April, you will love it. (booking essential) More 

Knysna, South Africa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed overnight at the Historic Pig and Whistle and our room was lovely. A big kingsize 4 poster bed and the bath was too beautiful. Lots of antique furniture reminded me of a bygone era. Had the most delicious pot pie in the pub with lovely flaky puff pastry croutons. Definitely worth a stay and a meal

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Thank Sharon D
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review Sharon. We refurbished our rooms about 2 years ago, but retained the vintage feel of our 185 year old treasure. The puff pastry croutons were our new chef's invention and we are getting really good feedback. We look forward to hosting you again. Christmas in July is looming as well as the National Arts... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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275 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch at this historic pub recently. The food was really average, if not disappointing. The lamb pot pie had no crust! The malva pudding was cold and clearly pre-heated - the custard was freshly made and delicious though. I'm not too sure how clean the table cloths were, but the view from the veranda was lovely overlooking the... More 

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Thank Dia_Carstens
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and great comments about the village and the location, we are very proud of our locals who are the secret weapon of Bathurst. For the benefit of other readers, we must respond to some specifics. We have experimented with many ways of presenting the crust on the pot pie and our recent solution of golden... More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a pub lunch at the Pig and Whistle. The home-made burgers were excellent and the chips really crispy and delicious. Good value for money. Being a Saturday, and at lunch-time, the waitrons were kept really busy, so we had to wait a while for service, but the meal made up for it.

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Thank 335lebreton
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review. Our burgers and pot pies are perennial favorites, both are prepared on the premises. We look forward to hosting you again. Christmas in July is looming as well as the National Arts Festival in nearby Grahamstown More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pig and Whistle Inn, Bathurst, Eastern Cape Dating from the 1820s, this is claimed to be the oldest continuously licensed pub in South Africa. It is also a 10 bedroom hotel with good indoor and outdoor dining facilities, has an enclosed garden with rather green eco-pool (reed bed filtration system). Four simple rooms are en suite, the rest with shared... More 

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Thank RdeS_12
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the full review. we really appreciate the support for ourselves and our quaint village, we love "quirky" as a description of our 185-year-old institution. We look forward to your return visit. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for a night stop over on a bike trip and really enjoyed the experience, clean rooms with lots of history (including the resident ghost stories) great pub, friendly and accommodating host and staff and real home cooked meals with restaurant quality. The pork was great. Fantastic vibe and overall experience in this country jem

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Thank Jamie M
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Jamie Thank you for the valuable review. We regard the friendly locals and their stories as our secret weapon in welcoming people to our old pub. We are glad you enjoyed the food and ambiance. We look forward to your return visit, perhaps for the Bathurst Country Affair in August? More 

Bunde, The Netherlands
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312 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

When we stayed at the Fish River Mouth Sun Resort near Port Alfred for one week we had lunch three times in one week at the Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant in Bathurst (10 km. north of Port Alfred on the road to Grahamstown). This is a lovely pub and restaurant (since 1832) offering excellent food at affordable prices. The... More 

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Thank huringa
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review, Bukie will be really excited to be mentioned by name! We look forward to your return visit. Perhaps a night or two staying in the old Inn? More 

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Great place. Excellent food. Love the Pig. Short drive from Port Alfred. Sunday lunches are the best.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We get a great thrill when guests appreciate the efforts of our hard working kitchen and restaurant staff. we look forward to hosting you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
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
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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