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“Heritage gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn

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The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Bathurst B&B and Inns
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159 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“Heritage gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

As authentic oldeworlde as you get. Quaint old Inn in a sleepy arty village. Hearty breakfast, typical local pub, almost waiting for Basil to pop down the stairs. Nice mix of locals and tourists gives a real feel to this historic gem

Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael W
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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review, 11 July 2016
Hi Michael
Thank you for your review, we are probably more proud of our locals than we are about our famous Inn. Your return visit needs to be timed around some of Bathurst's great events. Visit at the Bathurst show in 2017
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Bathurst is a charming and historic little town, qualities that are exemplified by the Historic Pig and Whistle Inn. I had a very pleasant and all-too-brief one-night stay here in June 2016; my room was spacious and comfortable (with a wonderful old-style bathtub,) the food was excellent, and the service friendly and helpful. I also throughly enjoyed chatting with some of the gregarious local residents in the pub. Thanks to Gavin, Lucile and their staff for their hospitality and great advice on local sights. I will certainly be back!

  • Stayed June 2016, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review, 25 June 2016
Hi Donald, it was wonderful to host you at South Africa's oldest pub. Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to a return visit. Perhaps next year's Bathurst Show?
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Just like staying in an English country pub in the heart of South Africa, The Pig and Whsitle is full of charm and character. Staff are very friendly as are the locals, The four poster bed and old fashioned decor feels like you're stepping back in time. Very comfortable couple of nights in the quirky little town of Bathurst, would love to visit again. Slightly disappointed they only had one beer on draft! Also, although we booked a table for Sunday lunch and ordered, it turns out that they didn't have what we asked for and asked us to order from the normal menu. Not too much of an issue as the food was delicious, but was disappointed not to get to try their famous Sunday lunch!

Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple
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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review, 21 May 2016
Hi Cactus73, thank you for your wonderful review. We have over our ownership to ensure that the Pig and Whistle is as authentic as possible, without sacrificing the modern amenities we all love to enjoy. We look forward to your return visit, perhaps the Grahamstown festival ?
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Port Elizabeth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This place has so much charm and a very "homely" vibe. We had a lovely stay in a very neat, clean and spacious room. The restaurant's food was great and very good value for money. The staff were extremely attentive and cheery. Natalie is a wonderful host and making guests feel welcome seems like second nature to her.

Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple
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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review, 13 May 2016
Hi Tessa thank you so much for your "full house" score. We also love it when you pick out a staff member for compliments. Natalie will be delighted when we feed this back to her. We look forward to your return visit. Perhaps for the Bathurst Country Affair?
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed in one of the on suite rooms, and it not only had a shower but a magnificent bath tub.
The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the building is full of history as it is the oldest pub in South Africa.
We spent a Monday night here and it happened to be steak night! R120 for two fillet steak meals we could not even finish, what a delicious bargain.
Also had lovely staff, the stand out being Natalie, big ups to being super efficient and super nice all the time.

Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carla P
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GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn, responded to this review, 19 April 2016
Dear Carla, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and Steak night. We are even more delighted that you picked out Natalie for personal feedback. She is one of our gems and will be over-the-moon when we tell her about your feedback. We look forward to your return visit
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Additional Information about The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn

Property: The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn
Address: 268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa (Formerly The Bathurst Inn Pig & Whistle)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Bathurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bathurst
Price range (per night): R436 - R635
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
David Bristow's latest Book "Been there Done That" (Struik March 2011) rates the Pig and Whistle as a unique place to Stay, Eat, Drink. It appears as number 33 of his top 50!! The Pig & Whistle Inn has 10 beautifully restored rooms with magnificent antiques. There are 4 en-suite rooms and the 6 traditional original rooms with communal bathrooms. All rooms have recently been equipped with new beds and Percale linen. The first owner, Thomas Hartley, built this house in 1821, a three story dwelling with 2 bedrooms on the top floor. The original rooms are rooms 5 and 6 in this Old Settler Inn. We are now rated number one in Bathurst on Trip Adviser. ... more   less 
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