Dinner at The Magnum

Thursday is definitely the new Friday, right? We quite often go out on a Thursday night; it’s almost become the start of our weekend, and last week’s venue of choice was The Magnum. Occupying pride of place on the corner of Albany Street in the New Town, I had always been tempted to try out the food there, but never quite go around to it. So when we were invited along I wasn’t about to say no, and so with much excitement and our ‘hooray for Thursday’ faces on, we went along for what would turn out to be a delicious three-course meal.

Magnum starter 1

First of all, we have to talk about the menu, which made it really hard for Rob and I to choose what to have. Three times the lovely waitress asked us what we wanted and we still couldn’t make our minds up. In the end, we couldn’t keep our tummies waiting any longer and I started with the scallops, served with black pudding buttons, tomato confit and horseradish crisps. This was a really good dish and the portion size was well considered, so I didn’t feel too full for my main.

Magnum starter 2

Rob went with the Buccleuch haggis spring rolls and they were so good, he is still talking about them today. I expect he’ll still be talking about them for weeks to come, until we go back and have another portion. They were that good.

Magnum main 1

The main event was a mixture of land and sea as Rob opted for the tempura battered haddock and chips and I decided upon the rack of lamb with a wild garlic and pine nut crust, served with tarragon gnocchi and broccoli. Both dishes were divine. My lamb was perfectly cooked and the gnocchi was delicious. Rob’s fish was fresh, the batter was light, and the chips were seriously crispy. We both really enjoyed our dishes … I know Rob would have enjoyed his more had I not kept stealing his chips.

Magnum main 2

We were too full to have a dessert each and so we shared an excellent plum tarte tatin, topped with clotted cream.

Magnum dessert

The food at The Magnum is truly excellent. We left not only looking forward to going back but kicking ourselves for all those times we could have gone before.

Disclaimer: This meal was provided for free in exchange for a review. However, it did not compromise the integrity of this review, which was based entirely on my experience.


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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oh wow, that looks like such a delicious meal! Love the look of the fish and chips especially and those scallops to start – YUM! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda! It was all so tasty and I was getting a little too handsy with Rob’s chips … you know how much I love my chips!x

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ Em

    Oh. This looks delicious. Really lovely.
    Scallops are my all time favourite thing in the world too! X

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’m with you there Em, I could eat them morning, noon and night without a problem!x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Yum, this all looks incredible!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Melanie! It was seriously tasty x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    Yum! I like my chips too. My boyfriend always gets a salad as a side and I always get chips. The waiter/waitress always assumes that I ordered the salad and puts it down in front of me instead lol

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Ha, I get that too Brooke! I am ALL about the chips, they just make everything better x

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    That looks delicious!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! I must say, it was delicious!x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    All of the food sounds (and looks) delicious, but the haggis spring rolls…I’d be super excited about those. I really need to head back to Scotland soon, haha. Missing out on so much great food.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You should definitely head back up to Scotland soon, Gianni!x

  • http://www.birchjuiceblog.com Kasi Zlochevski

    That looks delicious, and now I’m craving some fish and chips haha! Whenever I go to a new restaurant I have the hardest time deciding what to order, so I know what you guys were going through!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one that finds it hard to make a decision when it comes to food Kasi!x

  • http://www.dearskim.com/ Sara // Dear Skim

    Droooooling this looks so good! The fish & chips especially — I’m such a sucker for it, gosh. Definitely hungry now.

    Sara // dearskim.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sara! I am such a chips girl, I eat way too many of them :-/

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    So, I would personally skip the haggis simply because I am from the States and I just can’t handle it…lol! This place looks smashing, though!! Living in England definitely got me to like lamb a lot more because the Brits know how to cook it the right way!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I totally get that with haggis – it is quite a thing to get your head around eating. I do love lamb – it is pretty bad if it’s not cooked right though. I’m glad living in the UK meant you got to taste some good lamb :-)

  • http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/ Siobhan

    Yum. And my goodness those haggis spring rolls look goooooood.