Linlithgow Tap opens with a new focus

Colin pulling a pint in the newly refurbished Linlithgow Tap
Colin pulling a pint in the newly refurbished Linlithgow Tap

The Footballer and Cricketers Arms has been re-named the Linlithgow Tap and re-launched as a cask ale haven.

The new name for the pub located on the High Street is to demonstrate its new focus on cask ale.

Six cask ale taps have been installed as part of a refurbishment, ensuring a wide range of ale can be served, including beers from local breweries.

That’s not all as the bar will now cater for more than just beer lovers.

The expansion to the bar menu extends beyond beer as a new wine list and gin menu, including a range of premium tonics, has been introduced.

The pub is owned by Belhaven but the responsibility for the business lies with long term tenant and former professional footballer Colin Sinclair who has run it for three decades, and Colin believed it was time for a change.

He said: “The time was right to change and making such a commitment to real ale by adding six taps and changing the name felt like the right decision for the pub.

“We are now offering a bigger and better choice of drinks, in much more modern and comfortable surroundings.

“It is a completely fresh start.”

Among the cask ales available are beers from Caledonian Brewery and Kinneil Brew Hoose, as well as Belhaven real ales and others.

Colin said: “The whole team has been on a cellar management course, so we all know how to properly look after cask ale and serve the perfect pint. I think it is important we serve the best beers West Lothian brewers have to offer, which is why we will always try to source new brews local to us.”

The pub has also been completely refurbished as part of the re-launch.

Improvements include the creation of a new snug room and the addition of booth seating. While the iconic circular bar has been retained, the decor has been refreshed. 
The glass windows have also been preserved and used as artwork on the walls of the pub.