Every evening, I walk back home past The Magnum. It has always caught my eye, and although the twinkling fairy lights beckon in many passersby, I had never been one of them. This was for no other reason than the time had never been right.
With all that Edinburgh has to offer, it is a constant battle to decide where to eat. Oh, the struggle!
When we were invited to enjoy a lunch at The Magnum, we gratefully accepted and settled in for an hour of peace on a busy Sunday in the lead up to Christmas.
Given its location and the time of year, we were certainly surprised to find it only a quarter full, but the trade did soon pick up and by the time we left, over half the restaurant was full of diners enjoying their lunch.
Due to our time restrictions (we were in full Christmas shopping mode!), we decided just to go for one course, and we were certainly delighted at our decision.
My partner was presented with a grilled chicken fillet burger, served with crisp bacon, salted chips and gooey cheese – perfect fuel for a winter’s afternoon.
In the spirit of the season, I had opted for a festive take on sausage and mash – turkey, cranberry and thyme sausage served with green beans wrapped in pancetta with creamy mash and sweet, smooth and rich gravy. All in all, an absolute winner.
Although we only sampled one dish each, what we did try was beautifully cooked, packed with flavour and presented nicely. It was certainly the perfect stop for us on a busy day of Christmas shopping, and we certainly wouldn’t hesitate to book in the future for a lunch or dinner.
Simple, honest dishes are created at The Magnum using fresh, local ingredients. A pub lunch, done well – and I have no doubt that come dinnertime, the team is capable of a whole lot more. We look forward to our return!