The Magnum
We have passed this restaurant & bar on Albany Street a few times on our travels and always comment on how welcoming it looks from the outside and how we must pop in for a visit sometime.  When we received an invitation to try out their menu, we were delighted to go along on a cold, damp Tuesday evening in November.  From the outside, The Magnum looked like a welcoming beacon of warmth, its windows twinkling with fairy lights.  We received a friendly welcome from the staff, one of whom showed us to a lovely table looking out on to the dreich street beyond.
The restaurant
The menu was a bit more adventurous than we were expecting (we were thinking more pub grub to be honest) and it took us a while to choose – everything sounded so good.  For starters I decided on the breast of spice marinated pigeon with a roast butternut squash and red onion salad (£7.20) and Donnie went for the Buccleuch haggis spring roll with barbeque hickory relish and a rocket salad (£6.25).  The pigeon breast was juicy and deliciously pink in the middle with a hint of Christmas spice – it melted in the mouth.  Donnie loved his spring rolls that were light and crisp with a good hit of unapologetically spicy haggis – the chutney was an added bonus.
Haggis Spring Rolls
For the main course I tried their Scottish beef and rosemary burger on a toasted focaccia bun served with hickory relish, rocket, grilled cheddar, coleslaw and hand cut potato chips (£12.50).  Donnie went for the pan fried fillet of salmon with oven roasted Jerusalem artichokes and a kaffir lime and dill butter (£17.50).  The burger was meaty and very tasty and the chips were hot and crunchy – a very decent burger indeed.  Donnie’s very generous piece of salmon was fragrant and delicious and was served on a bed of sweet roasted Jerusalem artichokes and broccoli – the garnish of frisee lettuce in amongst the broccoli was slightly odd though and added nothing to the dish.
A wee look at the dessert menu resulted in a pear, apple and stem ginger crumble with vanilla bean ice cream (£6.50) to share.  The crumble had a slightly smooth texture with a taste of ginger (a bit like a blitzed Ginger snap biscuit) – I prefer a bit more crunch in my crumble but it still tasted great with the ice cream melting around it.  
We finished off with coffee and were delighted to see that The Magnum serve a chunk of tablet with their after dinner beverages.  This gesture makes such a difference and is a lovely way to end the meal.
Coffee and Tablet
Our evening at the Magnum was lovely and it’s the kind of place you could spend a whole evening in, moving from the welcoming bar to the restaurant where the menu has something for everyone.  It feels more off the beaten track than it actually is – it’s an easy walk from town, Broughton Street or Stockbridge and we wondered why we hadn’t made it before now.  The Magnum is a great place to meet friends and family for a drink and a bite to eat and I’m sure we’ll be visiting again sometime soon…
1 Albany Street
TEL: 0131 557 4366
Twitter: @magnumbar_rest
Thank you to The Magnum for our very kind invitation.  Although we were guests of The Magnum all thoughts above are our own.

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