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The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner
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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
PRICE RANGE
US$5 - US$10
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Contemporary
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
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All reviews pot pie calamari pastry burger lemon meringue bobotie pies the pub pig and whistle sunday lunch definitely worth a visit on tap south africa old style i'm sure lovely old pub steak night
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Reviewed yesterday

Though we stayed in Port Alfred, we kept finding ourselves back in quaint Bathurst and at the Pig for lunch. Really well worth the short drive.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Martforfun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great. Big portions at very good prices. Great pub. Feels like a pub from the old movies.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JannievV
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your wonderful review Jannie, we try to maintain our name having farmers portions of well priced upmarket pub fare. We look forward to your next visit, what about Bathurst Country Affair in August. Make a weekend of it. Thanks once again for the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous room with lovely ensuite bathroom. Great food and wonderful atmosphere. Lovely people. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sue S
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Sue for a wonderful review, we are pleased you enjoyed our accommodation and food, what more could we want? We look forward to your return visit. Xmas in July or the Bathurst Country Affair both beckon. Thank you once again and we wish...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely lunch with the family. Pie of the day a must. Relaxed atmosphere. Part of history. Real gem. A must on your way to Port Alfred. Loved the Christmas Tree.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank EllenM2781
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ellen, compliments of the season to you and your loved ones. Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very proud of our Xmas tree with a difference. We look forward to your return visit perhaps a stayover for Xmas in July or a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the famous pot pie lunch and although we waited a while it was freshly prepared and tasty. The restaurant is very busy over the holiday periods do go early to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank skippie1973
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review Skippie, you are right the season presents our normally quiet restaurant with big challenges, especially on a windy day, where the beach is out of the question. We are pleased you enjoyed your pot pie and look forward to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sitting on the veranda was most entertaining, viewing the goings-on in Bathurst, however after waiting for over an hour to receive the other half of the table’s order, (one from the kiddies menu - spaghetti bolognese, how difficult can it be to prep in a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Megan711
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Megan thank you for your frank review, you are right, our famous restaurant gets severely tested in the height of the season and clearly, we slipped up in your case. We constantly try to present well priced quality food and prevent experiences like yours....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived with great expectations- left dissatisfied. We waited over 100 minutes for our food. Even then, the chips arrived raw (having only recently left the freezer). My “kudu pot pie” was a microwaved pot of gristle with shards of deep fried puff pastry sprinkled on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 115phila
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are devastated to read your review, its a pity you did not raise these issues with us at the time. You will see from other feedback that we are renowned for good quality food. At this time of year we do experience periods of...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

We had a delightful evening here whilst visiting the beautiful historic town of Bathurst. The first ‘English style pub’ in South Africa to get a pub license. Now Bathurst has a real community about it and The Pig and Whistle emulated this perfectly as all...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DanielP2520
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review Daniel. Our steak night is very popular and even more so when the university and airschool are in full swing. We trust you will join us again, perhaps for a stay-over during one of the special events in the...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

The Pig and Whistle is the oldest (licensed) pub in South Africa so during our holiday in Port Alfred, we took a drive to Bathurst. It was fun walking through the pub with its flags and funny signs. We had a coffee outside which was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kerstin N
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you Kerstin for the wonderful review, apologies for the slow service, as a small country hotel, we occasionally get the staffing wrong during the "quiet" times and we don't have the benefit of "staff on call". Thank you for your patience and we are...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

It was fun to visit this historic pub but we struggled to get service and the waitress was fairly aggressive and fake-friendly. She made me feel very uncomfortable. We ordered the special of the day, lamb's liver and mashed potatoes and calamari and hake goujons...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Anactoria
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for your comprehensive review, we are sorry we did not live up to your expectations. Our goal is to serve good value for money upmarket food in sufficient quantities. We look forward to your return visit perhaps for a Sunday roast. We will...More

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