We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A very nice place.”
Review of Black Bull Inn

Black Bull Inn
Ranked #19 of 99 Restaurants in Livingston
Cuisines: British, Pub
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A very nice place.”
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
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Papongo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

112 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Livingston, UK
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Big group, pre booked - delish!”
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
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Jebidiah-69
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2 Thank catherine51956
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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
1 Thank Hollbez
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
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
1 Thank Meryl S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Black Bull Inn also viewed

Mid Calder, West Lothian
Livingston, West Lothian
Livingston, West Lothian
Mid Calder, West Lothian

Been to Black Bull Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing