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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
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good51%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“pot pie” (6 reviews)
“chicken” (3 reviews)
“burgers” (4 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
268 Kowie Road, Bathurst 6166, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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.

Reviewed November 11, 2017

Nice pub to stop at in Bathurst. We only went to the very traditional pub area of this inn, although there is a restaurant, too, but we just had a couple of pints before exploring the shops nearby and heading to the beach. Feels like...More

Thank MapleLeafGirl02
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. The Pub is our pride and joy having held its liquor licence continuously since 1832. We would love to have served you from our extensive menu where we pride ourselves as serving "farmers portions" freshly prepared food. Perhaps your...More

Reviewed October 27, 2017

We have just visited with a group and had excellent muffins with jam and cream to go with our coffee. We have always enjoyed this quaint little inn, and stayed the night a few years ago - I well remember sitting in our room with...More

Thank Barrie T
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

Hi Barrie Thank you for a wonderful review and for sharing your memories. We often think what stories our old Inn would tell if it could talk! We have spent a lot of time in upgrading our rooms without loosing the old feel. We are...More

Reviewed October 11, 2017

We stopped in at the Pig & Whistle for a quick coffee and cake. Having placed our order for coffees, milkshakes and waffles - we waited 45 minutes before I asked where our order was. Fare was pretty much stock standard = frozen/heated up waffles,...More

Thank Renee P
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Thank you for the frank review Renee. As you see from other feedback, we get really good reviews so we are naturally disappointed that we did not meet your standards in terms of Coffee and cake. Our coffee is ground coffee and we offer a...More

Reviewed October 5, 2017

A nice place to sit on the veranda, enjoy a coffee, with sounds of a quiet village and indulge in the Big farm breakfast, which will fill U with a smile... Lovely placeMore

Thank BlueSkiesBackpackers
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2017

Hello, can we call you blueskies? This is the feedback we love because it is totally what we envisage for our wonderful old Inn. We look forward to your return visit. Jessie Clegg will be here in December. What about a stay-over? Thank you for...More

Reviewed September 18, 2017

Recently I had the bobotie and so I convinced my fiance to give it a try, as she normally stick to her trusted menu items. I am so glad she tried it at the Pig 'n Whisle as it was the best I had and...More

Thank subertb
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Thank you so much for the great review. Sylvie, a long standing staff member, is the queen of the bobotie, made in her traditional way. She will be delighted with your feedback. We look forward to your return visit. If you are a foodie you...More

Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Great food , great company , fantastic service . Best lamb and mint pie ever . Highly recommended . Definitely worth a visit. Pub great too

Thank ebryer
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Thank you for the great 5 score!. Our pot pies are one of the all time favourites at the oldest pub. We look forward to your return visit, Perhaps a stayover?

Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

Delicious to say the least! Eggs cooked perfect. Fresh and yum! Great spot to sit on the patio and enjoy people watching and cars go by. Awesome little shop across the street too!

Thank Julie A
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Hi Julie, what a wonderful review. We call it our famous veranda. It certainly is a fantastic place to watch the world go by! We look forward to your return visit. Perhaps a weekend during the Bathurst Agricultural Show next year? Thanks once again

Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

My first and totally memorable visit to this historic pub. From the quaint, original front door to the huge fireplace through to the pub filled with all manor of memorabilia from yesterday year to the eclectic mix of local and their pets, it was a...More

Thank Globi56
GavinCame, Owner at The Historic Pig and Whistle Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2017

Thank you for the thoughtful review. We have said on countless occasions that the residents of the quaint village of Bathurst are our secret weapons. They make visitors welcome and can't wait to meet new people. We look forward to your return visit. We have...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$5 - $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
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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