If you’re looking for a friendly local pub in Linlithgow, then drop into the Black Bitch Tavern, where you will be welcomed by Jimmy and Kathy and their staff. They have been running this traditional pub for the last 4 and a half years and for your comfort they have just completed a major refurbishment of the pub inside and out. You can unwind in the quiet atmosphere of the lounge bar, or enjoy a pint in the lively public bar while watching live football coverage.The Black Bitch Tavern is a pub steeped in local history. Located at the West Port in Linlithgow, an area that was once busy with traveling merchants and cattle drovers, who would stop at the inns for refreshment. Today the area retains the tradition of hospitality with public houses. The Black Bitch tavern is the oldest pub in Linlithgow and the pub’s name derives from a tale of a black greyhound, whose master was imprisoned on an island in the middle of Linlithgow Loch and sentenced to starve to death. Everyday the greyhound swam out to her master with food and ended up saving his life. The locals took the symbol of the dog’s bravery and loyalty as their own and so people from Linlithgow are proud to be known as ‘Black Bitches’ – the most famous of whom is First Minister, Alex Salmond.