The Black Bull, 4-10 Market Street, Mid Calder EH53 0AA
RATING: Food (not tried, yet); Atmosphere 3; Service 3.5; Drinks 3; Toilets 3; Website 1.5
Landlord Donald McLauchlan is an award-winner and has also put something back into his trade as a past Chairman of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). He runs the Black Bull Inn with his wife Lynda and the father-of-four lives in the village. That friendly and welcoming atmosphere was evident when I walked in after exploring the admirable Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. That’s why I needed a refreshment. It is also evident that the well-run pub, established in 1747, is a focal point. Banter between regulars was noted. Two real ales – Macbeth from Royal Deeside and Deuchars from Edinburgh-based Caledonian Brewery – were on tap along with a number of chemical beers. As I supped my pint of orange – OK, I was driving once I’d finished my walk – the waft of home-made nachos was intoxicating. Other plates looked crammed with good pub grub. Next time. Yes, there will be a next time as the busy Black Bull has something to offer even if the taped music was not to my taste.