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“A very nice place.” 5 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 #4 of 81 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A very nice place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I was very taken by the Black Bull. Nice atmosphere as soon as you enter. Not sure if it was the owner who spoke to us but he was very enthusiastic and went through the menu. There was nothing to fault in the Black Bull. The bar was busy and the staff were efficient. The meals were excellent and every bit as good as we were told they would be. Everything was very fresh and tasted fantastic. The prices were reasonable and the whole experience was very relaxing. I would say top marks all round. The owner has certainly set the correct tone for a place like this. I wish them well and hope to visit again soon. The toilets were clean and tidy and well cared for.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Livingston, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Big group, pre booked - delish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Big group of us 20+ booked and pre ordered. Wasnt expecting anything special but all the food was fab, service excellent, and great value. Thanks to the whole team!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scotland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Even before winning the Forth radio awards for the best Pub Resteraunt this is the. Best place, atmosphere friendly folk, great food and I love my local. Xxx

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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40 reviews 40 reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“GOOD PUB FOOD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Full of atmosphere and very friendly. We stopped here for a meal and was very impressed with the service and the meal.

Visited October 2013
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Went with our grandchildren. Excellent food at a reasonable price.
Well done. We will go back next time we visit.

Visited August 2013
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