Only a 15 minute drive from the seaside town of Port Alfred on the R67 to the university town of Grahamstown, a visit to the Pig and Whistle is a lovely stop on any day out, and is a perfect spot to use as your base for exploring the area.
The restaurant is popular among visitors and locals, offering traditional English food and Sunday roasts, freshly baked cakes and desserts, vegetarian meals, and Mediterranean favourites. The pub's warm and welcoming atmosphere has made it a favourite among locals and the fascinating history of the pub makes it a popular watering hole for holiday-makers.
The well stocked antiques shop sells beautiful pieces sourced from around the country. A wander around the little shop will reveal collectables, silver cutlery, antique crockery and cutlery, jewellery and other interesting and unique pieces. You will also find beautiful hand-crafted items such as lamb's wool shawls and oil paintings by local artists.
Bathurst is home to the oldest continuously licensed pub in the country, the oldest unaltered Anglican Church in the country, the oldest primary school in the country and many other original 1820 settler buildings. Thanks to careful preservation of national heritage and respect for history, the town still looks much like it would have in the 1820s.
The surrounding natural landscape is almost completely untainted, and is very similar to the land that the brave and desperate 1820 settlers would have arrived in and just a few minutes' drive will take you to Blue Flag beaches at Kenton on Sea and Port Alfred. As the Inn is only 40 km from the thriving university town of Grahamstown, Bathurst boasts a rich intellectual and artistic community. Rather quirkily, Bathurst is also home to the biggest model pineapple in the world.