The Honours

58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH2 3LU
Critics Review 16/20
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Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday- 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 9.30pm

Thursday- 12pm - 2pm, 6pm- 9.30pm

Friday- 12pm- 2pm, 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Saturday- 12pm - 2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm

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About The Honours

Having launched the Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in 1999, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond in Cameron House Hotel in 2008 and his exclusive Cook School in 2007, Martin opened The Honours Brasserie to great acclaim in 2011.

Martin aims to further strengthen Scotland's reputation for good food and to inspire others with his unequivocal enthusiasm for the very best traditional and modern French cuisine. The Honours Brasserie represents the exciting next step of his journey.

The restaurant's name makes reference to the moment in Scottish history when Sir Walter Scott — who lived nearby — uncovered the Scottish Crown Jewels, also known as The Honours of Scotland.

In addition, the name owes a debt to a rare 18th century book, "the Honours of the Table". In this celebrated volume, the author, Rev. Dr. John Trusler, advised the youth of the day on table etiquette, exclaiming that: "To do the honours of a table gracefully, is one of the outlines of a well-bred man..."

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: £££

Cuisine: Fine Dining
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Review By Andy Hayler
16/20
The Honours is the casual sister of Martin Wishart’s flagship Leith restaurant and opened in 2011. There is a bar as you enter, and the dining room is on the left. It is smartly decorated, so although a brasserie in style it feels a touch more formal than, say, a pub. Paul Tamburrini is the head chef, and has been here since the restaurant opened.. He had been executive chef at One Devonshire Gardens for almost five years, and before that had been head chef at the Cameron House hotel in Loch Lomond, which ironically now houses another Martin Wishart restaurant. The menu has lots of appealing dishes, and a wide selection of aged Scottish beef. The wine list had detailed tasting notes, and labels such as Leyda Reserve Merlot 2015 at £28.50 for a bottle that you can pick up in the high street for £10, Little Beauty Pinot Noir 2014 at £50.50 compared to its retail price of £27, and Henri Darnat Mersault 2013 at £90 for a wine whose current market price is £43. I was intrigued to try the smoked salmon, which is smoked for the restaurant by a butcher called Campbell’s Fine Meat in Linlithgow. We had a taste as sort of amuse-bouche, served with a quail egg and chopped onion and chives. It is hard to score something like smoked salmon, but this was definitely a superior form of the breed, having excellent flavour and silky texture. This is up there with some of the very best smoked salmon that I have tried. A signature dish of the restaurant is truffled tagliatelle with scallops. This featured hand-dived Orkney scallops excellent pasta and Italian black truffles. This was a lovely dish, the scallops top class and the hint of truffle coming through nicely (16/20). Crab with Marie rose sauce was enjoyable if not quite in the same league, the crab fresh and shell-free, served with chopped tomato, white radish, espelette pepper, the sauce, wheat cracker and a garnish of nasturtium leaf and pea shoots. For me the sauce could have been a bit more boldly seasoned, but this was certainly a good dish (15/20). Halibut came with fennel and tapenade of black olive and pepper. The fish was accurately cooked and the tapenade worked nicely to lift the mild flavour of the halibut (15/20). Partridge was even more impressive, avoiding the rubbery tendency that this meat can have in less skilled hands than these. The bird was served with crisp and nice salted game chips and bread sauce, with a green salad on the side (16/20). Both thin chips and green beans were capably made. Cheese was in good condition, a selection including St Maure de Touraine. For dessert we had apple tart tatin, the puff pastry here made from scratch in the kitchen and having excellent texture, the apples cooked until golden but not beyond, their sharpness nicely balancing the sugar used. This was a very fine tart tatin indeed (17/20). Service was excellent, led by a manager who had served m six years previously when I had been to Wishart in Leith. Drinks topping up was slick, the dishes came at a steady pace and the waiters we encountered were friendly and professional. The bill came to £106 a head, but that was with copious amounts of good wine and a cheese course. If you had three courses and shared a modest bottle then a typical cost per person would be about £70. Given the high quality of the produce used here and the skill in the kitchen that seems pretty fair to me.
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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

Difficult night with number of cancellations therefore atmosphere a bit restricted. Having said that staff were fantastic and as usual food was wonderful. No hesitation in recommending to others and definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

i didnt actually get to go but my family did and were looked after beautifully remains one of my all time favourite venues

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Our favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. The food is excellent - only surpassed by the service. The staff make your meal an occasion to remember. As usual our meal on Saturday was memorable. Try it if you have not already. You will not be disappointed.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Excellent as usual.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Excellent meal, well served in every respect. Many thanks.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

First time at the restaurant and it certainly won’t be the last. The service here is absolutely outstanding. The food was presented beautifully but more importantly it tasted delicious. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

The usual good food and service and friendly staff

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

While I have been to the restaurant a number of times, it was the first time that my girlfriend had been. The food we had was exemplary and could not be faulted in any way, with a stunning contrast of colours as well as flavours. The service was also excellent across the entire team and something that other Edinburgh restaurants should be aspiring to. Apparently, this will now be our restaurant of choice when we decide to treat ourselves, which I believe me be quite regularly!

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Attended the cocktail and cookery masterclass and then had lunch. Experience was excellent and lunch exemplary. Best of all were all the staff whose knowledge and expertise made the day. Will definitely recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

A wonderful experience where the sum of all parts works well together. Fantastic service and food at a worthy price.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Warm welcome, friendly service and lovely food for our Scotland v. France Six Nations lunch - and a great result!

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

We had an absolutely wonderful evening that we would love to repeat. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere was lovely, and the food simply delicious.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Not for the first time, the Honours surpassed expectations ( which were high )! It is not the cheapest meal in Edinburgh, however, it is consistently one of the best. Wonderful, easy atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff finish off a tremendous place to eat.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Excellent dining experience, nothing to fault it!

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Perhaps we arrived at a busy time? Took ages to order a drink and thereafter service incredibly friendly but spasmodic.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Wonderful food and a great service in the heart of Edinburgh

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Always good but the menu would benefit from a bit more variety. This is probably why we don't go more often even though we always enjoy The Honours. Reliably good.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Cannot fault the service and quality of food. Pork belly dish with black pudding was delicious. The coffee ice-cream was a lovely end to the meal. Great touch with a birthday card for me wife.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Consistently great quality of food and service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Lovely lunch

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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Food and service are top notch

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 February 2020

fantastic

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Food was nice Although the special of the day described by the waitress stated lyonnaise potatoes was served with new potatoes and when questioned I was told the chef decided to do a twist on lyonnaise pots with new pots and green beans ..... really No attention to detail from the waiting on staff although pleasant

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Always warm and welcoming, with a varied and changing menu, always delicious. Our favourite place to eat.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Very enjoyable evening. Service is first class.

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