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Black Bull Inn

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Scottish, Bar, British, Grill, Pub
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Market Street | Mid Calder, Livingston EH53 0AA, Scotland
+44 1506 882170
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Livingston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here on Sunday with my partner for a meal. Service was bad. Was constantly forgotten about, waited 20 minutes to order sweets but ended up going up to the bar. Would have understood if it was busy but it was not. Used to be a regular customer here so was quite disappointing. Apart from the service the food was... More 

Thank emma008x
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got here about 6.30pm and was told the children had to be out by 8pm. We ordered our food and were served quickly. The food was lovely, service good. Would recommend.

Thank Julie S
West Lothian, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My first review of the Black Bull in 2013 praised its performance. The second in 2016 was less complimentary but I'm happy to advise that normal service had been restored when we decided to visit once more. The lasagne was a challenge to finish and its content and taste was excellent putting the tenth-rate Beefeater's bought-in lasagne to shame. The... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 April 2017

On Saturday 1/4/17 my wife and I and our friends were enjoying our drinks listening to the Karaoke. We were standing at the bar and the ladies had put their bottle of wine (in a cooler) on the bar. At some point this bottle of wine (still 1/2 -3/4 full)was removed, now it was unlikely to be members of the... More 

Thank Dee4L
East Kilbride, Scotland, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

On holiday with my son for a getaway and decided to treat him for a wee brunch went in at 11.30 to see if they were still serving, received a prolonged stare from one of the chefs which was very off putting and intimidating, then a lady came to talk to us she was pleasant, she went into the back... More 

Thank Morag C
thebullmaster, Owner at Black Bull Inn, responded to this review

As the owner of Black Bull Inn, I am very disappointed to read this review. This is NOT how we treat our customers as you will see from the many other reviews on here. Please feel free to contact me on 01506 882710 so I can discuss this matter with you personally. I can clarify for you though, that we... More 

Livingston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Friendly welcome. Good hospitality and lovely meal. It is clear they care about providing visitor comfort and the facilities were immaculately clean although dated and in need of refurbishment. Value for money. We will definitely visit again.

Thank Redmelrose
thebullmaster, Owner at Black Bull Inn, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again back at the Bull soon. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

My friend's family booked the black bull for a birthday celebration. They have a big room in the back. Cheap drink but Mid Calder is not the best for parking.

Thank scotgirl1976
thebullmaster, Owner at Black Bull Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately we do not have any designated parking in the village as even the spaces to the front of the pub belong to the council and are free to use for everyone. On street parking requires early planning when coming to visit us. Glad you enjoyed your visit though and we hope to see you... More 

Broxburn, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Came her for a drink after work and the food looked good so came her for Dinner the portions are big I had fish and chips and my wife had steak pie that came with fresh veg good pub grub.The staff were very friendly and helpful.I felt full up after our meal well worth a visit.Will definitely visit again

Thank Davie H
thebullmaster, Owner at Black Bull Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I'm pleased you took the time to come back and give us a try after visiting just for drinks. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Livingston, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Used to be a great place to eat. However, something has changed here. Had to send my meal back twice, poor quality steak and cold sides. Prices are ridiculous too. Pub grub shouldn't cost so much. Some of the staff were unfriendly and it appeared we were keeping them from doing something more important. Complained to the manager who was... More 

Thank stewartjackie1
Marple, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

We went here for the second time and we were not disappointed. A good pub used by locals, food was very good, at a price that was reasonable. Will go again.

Thank sumitraveller
thebullmaster, Owner at Black Bull Inn, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review. Hope to see you in the Bull again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Scottish, Bar, British, Grill, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Market Street | Mid Calder, Livingston EH53 0AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  West Lothian  >  Livingston
  • Phone Number: +44 1506 882170
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.

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