About The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn
Bathurst has a peaceful and rural atmosphere; it is a very beautiful country village with an abundance of wildlife and bird life. On the gentle sloping green hills and along all the avenues are magnificent trees such as wild fig, coral, milkwoods, sweet thorn and natural bush. The village is home to eight National Monuments, they are the Pig n Whistle Inn, the Methodist Church, St Johns Anglican Church, Bleak House, the Primary School, Toposcope Monument, the powder magazine and Bradshaw’s Mill.
This Olde World Inn was established in January 1832, and became known as “Hartley’s Inn”. Several prominent settlers stayed at the Inn including Lord Charles Somerset. In World War II, the Inn was frequented by the air force men who were stationed at 43 Air School, close to Port Alfred. They nicknamed the pub “The Pig n Whistle” as traditionally this had been the name of the inns that served the air force in England.
Beautifully restored rooms with magnificent antiques, en-suite rooms, there are also traditional old fashioned rooms with communal bathrooms. The first owner, Thomas Hartley, built his house in 1821, a three storey dwelling with two bedrooms on the top floor. These original rooms are rooms five and six in this old settler inn.
Breakfast and Dining
The inn offers an a la carte menu, meals available from 07h30 everyday of the week. Bookings are advisable for evening meals. Try our succulent steaks, melt in the mouth calamari or our very own special Pot Pies.
There is so much history in this old pub one can spend hours in silence or listen to all the stories from our locals. The old stone walls breathe with history and memorabilia. Join the locals in this pub to watch your favourite sport or just enjoy a cold one.
Sit on our famous “stoep” and enjoy our friendly service or visit our well stocked antique shop in the inn. Relax and enjoy our peaceful garden along with the bunnies and lovely children’s playground.
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
Tours of the area can be arranged. The Pig and Whistle Inn is close by to the National Monuments in the Bathurst area and also to Waters Meet Nature Reserve. Places to visit in the area include Bathurst Agricultural Museum, Horseshoe bend, The Big Pineapple, Beaches in Port Alfred, Nature and game reserves, Grahamstown, Salem, Valley of the Ancient Voices.
Activities in the area include hiking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sky diving, dam and river fishing and horse riding.
Come and enjoy our peaceful and tranquil village with us.