Edinburgh’s free Bite Magazine reviewed

A couple of months ago while in Cargo, the bar opened in 2005 at Fountainbridge, I picked up a couple of free monthly published magazines local to Edinburgh. One of these was ‘i-on Edinburgh’, that I shall review shortly, but the other was Bite. Their Bite Publishing website has a downloadable copy of the magazine in PDF format and a database of restaurant reviews. So it’s worth a look.

The magazine is in a nice compact format, which means you can put one in your pocket while having a few drinks and it won’t get in the way. They also offer a delivery service for £7 per year, where you can have Bite magazine delivered to your door. Personally, as it’s free anyway, I’d prefer to pop into a bar and pick the magazine up!

Bite bill their magazine as “The monthly mini-guide to what’s on in Edinburgh”, and that pretty much sums it up. Inside the magazine you will find many useful local adverts. There are always a few restaurant and bar reviews. For example the November edition reviews Harvey Nichols cocktail bar and the excellent La Partenope on Dalry Road. It also includes question and answer based interviews with figures from Edinburgh’s catering industry together with food and drink recipes and gig reviews. The back pages of the magazine act as a directory for restaurants, bars and a club guide specific to Edinburgh.

I’m not sure about the history or funding of Bite magazine but Catering Scotland have a link to the magazines website from theirs, so they must have some association with Bite. This is no bad thing: I am all for more local content in Edinburgh and spreading the word about the many restaurants, bars and nightlife this City has. Bite have also started competitions in the magazine: Novembers edition had five bottles of wine available. It would be good to see more competitions and their offers section, which points readers to deals on drink and food in Edinburgh, expanding over the coming months.

When you’re out next, keep an eye out for the mag, or simply read the PDF version online.

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