Regulars petition to save tradition of Four Marys

Interior of the Four Marys
Interior of the Four Marys

A question mark appears to be hanging over the future of the hugely popular Four Marys restaurant and pub in Linlithgow’s High Street.

Now some regular customers have started a petition to save their favourite hostelry.

David McGregor, Henry Sneddon, Stuart Chalmers and Raj Bhaga have already collected 600 signatures. The protest is based on retaining what has historically been the culture and ambience of the pub which Dave McGregor described as ‘an institution’.

It is believed that owners Greene King plan to make changes, introducing televisions and slot machines, and this has not found favour with regulars.

Dave McGregor explained: “The most publicity Linlithgow has had over the past 30 years, Mary Queen of Scots apart, has come from the reputaion that the Four Marys pub has brought to the table. It is something worth saving.”

Ian and Eve Forrest have managed the pub for around 15 years gaining a great reputation. At one time it was voted Sunday Mail Pub of the Year.

A spokesperson for Belhaven/Greene King who own the pub, said: “We have no plans to install entertainment machines in the Four Marys, which is famous for being a classic, real ale pub. However, in response to customer feedback, we are looking into the possibility of installing a small television, which would only be turned on during certain occasions and at the request of our customers, but as yet nothing has been agreed.”