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The Old Post Office, Linlithgow - pub details

Address: High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39406) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Linlithgow (0.1 miles), Polmont (4.9 miles)

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user reviews of the Old Post Office, Linlithgow

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In here with friends years ago as I am not a local. I was told it had improved recently so for an after 10pm drink we tried it out again. Belhaven house that has recently had a change of management. Locals think the standards have slipped since.

Our visits were pleasant but on both the evening and lunchtime visits service was slow and it was obvious the staff were not properly trained. Short pints being the perfect example especially pouring a pint of Strongbow. Head disappears in two seconds and you have an inch short of a pint.

Keg beers were well kept as were the wines. Food looked good and seemed very popular although we did not try any.

It has the Spoons problem of a very long walk to the upstairs toilet.
Todrungren - 21 Oct 2016 00:07
Bog standard large pub with unexceptional ale. Food though was very good.
aboukir - 4 Jun 2014 14:46
I don't think I can say much more than the previous reviewer regarding the type of pub this is. However there is a few points intended customers of this place should be aware of.

Toilets. Clean and tidy but they are up a steep fight of stairs and a long way away from the bar area. Which means the disabled toilets are used by everyone who does not fancy the "hike".

Service. The bar staff are all pretty good but if they are making coffees for the diners expect to wait a while to get served. particularly when the place is busy.

Be careful and watchful of what you have purchased especially if you are dining and ringing up a tab. In the 3 times I have done that the bill has been wrong. I have noticed other customers have had similar problems.
droggs - 31 May 2010 20:42
Linlithgow needed an Orocco Pier or Brel, instead it got a Wetherspoons.

Such a wasted opportunity this place, a chain pub by numbers. Too similar in target market and execution to almost every other pub in the town. Instead of expanding the range of venues offered and creating a genuine destination for folk from Edinburgh, Falkirk etc. to visit, all the Old Post Office has done is steal trade from the established pubs, attracting clientèle on the strength of novelty, space and slightly less sticky carpets alone. The town is truly worse off for the opening of this pub, as a quick jaunt round the rest of the town's eerily empty pubs on a Saturday night will confirm.

Given that this is the first new pub in the town for nearly 20 years and likely to be the only one for another 20, it's such a shame that the brewery & management could not see past the clichés to create a place for Linlithgow to be proud of.

Their branding must've been done by a 6 year old:

A pub in a characterful old Post Office building you say? Let's call it 'The Old Post Office'!
Bzzzt! Every converted bank/post office/railway station in the country seems saddled with a oblique or not so oblique reference to their former role, but rarely is one named so literally or without wit.

Well then, as an old Post Office I wonder how we should decorate the place? I know, pictures of post boxes!
Bzzzt! Imagination factor 0/10, guys. You can give a nod to the building's history without having to spell it out like a Janet & John book.

Bog-standard High Street beer range? Yup.
Copy+paste Greene King/Belhaven promo templates? Yup.
Lacklustre high fat/low imagination pub grub menu, executed with all the flair of a motorway slip road? Yup.
Wasted opportunity to create a space for occasional live performances? Yup.
Lack of true child-friendly facilities? Yup.

Dismal, or as it is put nowadays: EPIC FAIL.

For all the lack of vision in the execution, I don't actually blame the brewery the most for what we've ended up with. No, that responsibility must fall squarely on the shoulders of West Lothian Council licensing board who, for reasons only known to themselves, failed to stipulate that any new pub had to cater for a market which was not currently being served in the town (this would keep trade in the town, rather than leeching it to Falkirk, Edinburgh, Stirling & Glasgow etc.), and be of an exceptionally high standard. What happened to Linlithgow being the jewel in the crown of West Lothian?

Well, I guess we shouldn't be too surprised; this is the same council who is happy to see the High Street filled with identikit hairdressers and tea rooms...

I feel for the other licensees in Linlithgow; what they've got is direct competition for their own narrow market, funded (again) by Greene King/Belhaven.

I feel for those disenfranchised by the pubs in Linlithgow , folk who feel that they have to go further afield to find pubs that offer a little bit more than a McPub. All that trade is simply not catered for in Linlithgow, which is not after all a run-down backwater.

I feel for those visiting the town, drawn by its unarguable historical interest, only to find that the town cannot offer much more than a few mediocre pubs in a similar vein. To those used to the more cosmopolitan variety of establishments offered in most larger towns & cities, this is a bit of a shock.

You'll notice I've hardly mentioned the beer, that's because it is almost completely unimportant in The Old Post Office. You could probably guess 90% of the brands on offer, and from the sampling I've done it is a fair bet that they're not going to win awards for their draughts.

Blindfold someone and take them into The Old Post Office and ask then to tell you where they are - they could be in any chain pub in any town in the land.

Linlithgow deserved better.
juux - 15 Mar 2010 22:13

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