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Livingston's Restaurant 20th Anniversary
Livingston's Restaurant 20th Anniversary

Livingston’s Restaurant was established in Linlithgow on December 19, 1994, by Ronald, Christine and Derek Livingston.

The restaurant, which is housed in a listed building on Linlithgow High Street, was once used as stables for the work horses of Linlithgow Palace.

Now an award-winning establishment, 2014/15 will see Livingston’s get a renewed listing in the respected ‘Michelin Guide’ as well as its Macallan “Out of Town Restaurant” Award. It has also won a number of accolades for its cuisine, including two AA Rosettes gained just a year after it opened.

The decision to set up shop came after Christine Livingston, who originally ran a catering company, came to the conclusion that it made sense to look for permanent premises, rather than continually be moving around.

Son Derek, who originally headed the kitchen team, now leads the front of house team while dad takes charge of the wines and mum makes the restaurant’s much-coveted tablet.

Derek says: “We’re extremely proud to have reached this 20 year milestone.

“I think the fact that we’re a family business is part of our appeal. There’s always a Livingston on shift, whether it’s lunch or dinner.

“We have customers who we’ve known for years, who come for their Christmas meal every year. Some eat here 2-3 times a month, which if you think about it, is quite unusual for a restaurant. We’ve always tried to keep up with the times and adapt to what we think people will like.”