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The Honours

58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH2 3LU
Critics Review 16/20
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Opening Information

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
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Cuisine: Fine Dining
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Critics Review
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 Saturday, 18 August 2018

A fabulous dining experience as always. We brought my Auntie along for her first visit and she loved it.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Fantastic Birthday lunch. All 7 of us had a great experience and wonderful food.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

The crab starter was ‘taster menu’ size - 3 mouth-fulls but the food was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Service brisk if a little careless at times. We have been going since it opened and probably will again but they now have a strong competitor in Hawksmoor.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Every time I come it is excellent. Never had a bad experience with you. Thanks for another great evening

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

We have been regulars at this restaurant. Yesterday we had a special occasion with friends up from London. We made our booking several weeks in advance. Despite this, we were allocated the table next to the toilets and kitchen. We asked to be moved to a table which was empty but the manager refused to move us and frankly was quite rude. You have just lost a regular customer. Very poor.

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Perfect celebratory meal, we first came in November for our daughter’s 21st birthday, last night was our 27th wedding anniversary and we simply couldn’t have had better service or more delicious food. Perfect in every way - thank you xxx

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Food was impeccable. Staff was very attentive and service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

We had a thoroughly enjoyable night. Service and food superb

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Had a wonderful lunch. We will be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Honours provides a superb dining experience with a varied menu to suit all tastes. As well as the excellent dishes prepared by the kitchen team the front of house staff go the extra mile to make your visit feel special, they are helpful and very attentive but not in a 'stuffy' or overpowering way. We will definitely make a return visit. Thanks to everyone for making our 31st wedding anniversary a memorable occasion.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Always wonderful in every aspect, each meal automatically becomes a special occasion. We who are lucky enough to live in Edinburgh return again and again. Visitors should be sure to have the experience at least once.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Excellent service and delicious food. We will definitely be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Casual/Elegant. Enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at the bar. Amazing food, the himalayan salt aged sirloin was to die for, probably best meat ever. Service was overall very good thanks to our main Australian waiter, did not catch his name. Would definitely go back!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

We’ve dined at the Honours on two occasions now and have enjoyed each experience equally. The menu is inventive and varied, the quality of the food superb and the service outstanding. We’d not hestitate to recommend the Honours as a lunch or dinner venue to anyone visiting Edinburgh who loves to eat.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Had a fantastic evening the food was sublime.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Excellent leaisurely lunch in central location. Food is top notch with a good wine list.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Good enough food. Reasonable service. Would go back

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

An excellent meal with great service. Fairly quiet at lunchtime, which was good for us. Can recommend the cheese soufflé starter and duck main. The cocktails and wine are always well chosen and reasonably priced.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Delicious is the way to describe the food and the ambience is relaxed elegance - very enjoyable evening

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Reluctantly gave 5 stars for VFM since menu was SO expensive. High end London prices. On a flying visit amidst Fringe shows we didn’t do it justice but for a special event it would feel worth every penny! Well done. Will recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Took my mum here for a birthday meal and it was great. Food was lovely, staff were friendly and we were given plenty time to enjoy our meal. A little treat for my mum's birthday at the end of the meal just topped off a fantastic evening. Thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Not up to the normal high standards, No bread with the meal, you appeared to be short staffed and the overall experience was lacking it’s normal finesse. Still be back though, just not soon

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

The ambience feels very “corporate”. No atmosphere at all but that’s the only slight negative and certainly didn’t bother us, just an observation. Service very good, friendly and attentive although I felt we were pushed slightly quickly through the dinner service but that may have been because there weren’t that many diners. Food quality excellent and beautifully presented.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Lovely meal in a great restaurant. Veal tartare and chateaubriand were excellent in particular.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Re - dinner at The Honours, my wife & I, 7th August 2018. 7.00pm. I found the somewhat dictatorial stipulations at booking stage irritating, such as: table required back at 9.00pm, up until 48 hours before reservation time to amend booking, no shows or late cancellations will be charged at £35.00 per person, having to call or email restaurant to confirm 24 hours prior to reservation, reserving the right to cancel our booking if you cannot contact us on the day of reservation. All of these stipulations gave me the impression that The Honours were doing us the honour of allowing us to dine therein as long as I complied with all prior dictats. In the event, we found the service, food and drink to be faultless to the point of excellence, and lacking the autocratic nature of the booking stipulations. David Hollingdale Edinburgh

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