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“Public bar” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Black Bull Inn

Black Bull Inn
Market Street | Mid Calder, Livingston EH53 0AA, Scotland
01506 882170
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Ranked #11 of 86 Restaurants in Livingston
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Description: Established in the small village of Mid Calder in 1747, this pub is one of the busiest meeting places in the area. The Black Bull Inn is at the heart of the community, and enjoys a prime location, sitting snugly in the shadow of its new town neighbour, Livingston, close to nearby rail links. Though it has been under new private ownership since August 2009, the Black Bull Inn has retained some of its period features; a real coal fire crackles in the cosy lounge bar in winter, drawing visitors in from the cold.This pub has traditional values, and this is obvious as soon as you set foot inside. A welcoming atmosphere with a friendly smile awaits you at the Black Bull Inn, as well as good food and great cask-conditioned ales. Local brew Caledonian Deuchars IPA is a permanent fixture, but there are always guest beers available on tap, and the varied wine list offers great value for money. The lounge bar serves food daily from midday until 9pm, with classic pub favourites featuring on the menu alongside lighter lunch options like baguettes, sandwiches and baked potatoes. Be sure to check the specials blackboard for something a little different.There is an unmistakable buzz when you enter the Black Bull Inn; this may have something to do with the busy calendar of events, which includes domino flyers and quiz nights and zumba and salsa classes. A function room is available to hire at the rear of the pub, which is ideal for meetings or functions.
Gretna, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Public bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

A really good pint and relaxing atmosphere you will get in this busy but friendly public bar,food served in lounge bar

Visited September 2012
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English first
Livingston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best pub in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

If you want to go to a traditional style pub in the Livingston area then this is the place for you. Genuine friendly atmosphere coupled with excellent service makes this a great choice for locals and visitors alike. The bar offers a wide range of drinks whilst the meals from the kitchen are always tasty and satisfying. The only thing that stops me awarding a five star/circle rating is that I feel that the food is a bit overpriced for the locality, however, this would not stop me from recommending this establishment as a great place to go for a warm & friendly experience.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“dissapointed!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

after hearing friends going on about how good it was, i can honestly say its below average, and below the standard i would expect! poor food quality, not even as good as brake bros!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“What's not to like ..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Good food, guest beer, friendly staff. Agree with previous poster that has massively improved under new owner. If you haven't been for a while, give it a go. You wont be disappointed :-)

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic local pub/restaurant with a really lovely welcoming atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Great food with a variety of specials which are changed regularly. Everyone visiting receives a warm and friendly welcome by all staff, but especially the landlord, Donald and his lovely wife Lynda. A range of real ales and nice wine as well as your regular lagers and spirits. A function room perfect for Christenings, birthday parties, business meetings etc. highly recommended and well worth a visit!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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