CapeTalk

The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn

Biography

Some say that those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it, but when it comes to The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn, the oldest pub in South Africa, repeat business is their bread and butter. When Gavin Came decided to leave a long career in the financial services industry and do something that he felt would be different from the ‘same old, same old’, he chose to immerse himself in a historic environment where he could make a little more history, by taking over the country’s longest-lived pub, in Bathurst in the Eastern Cape. “Our 180-year old pub, restaurant and inn serves locals, visitors and travellers good value upmarket pub meals, live entertainment and comfortable accommodation. We also assist impoverished communities in the region, as evidenced by our ongoing project to raise funds for the chronically impoverished Bathurst Primary School, which is also a national monument,” says Gavin. He points to the pub’s history and location, as well as the consistent quality and availability of food and drink as being the keys to success. “We hope to add another significant tale to our history in just three years’ time, when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers. Bathurst is a growing tourist destination, and thus we hope to making history on a daily basis for many years to come.”

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