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The Honours

58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH2 3LU
Critics Review 16/20
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Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch 12:00—14:00
Dinner 18:00—21:30
Closed Sunday all day
Closed Monday all day

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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 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 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: ££

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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 Thursday, 23 November 2017

As ever a beautifully presented and very tasty lunch.

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Good atmosphere and really excellent service. Enjoyed the food but Risotto could have been a bit larger. A little extra rice would not vpcost too much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Outstanding

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Thanks to the Honours team for providing me and my guests with a most memorable evening! Thanks especially for our waiter's advice on wine selections to compliment our food choices (very delicious!)

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

We really had a great meal here. The stall are friendly and provided a great service. The restaurant is quiet and private. The food is very good and reasonably priced. Definitely worth a visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Good meal, pleasant surroundings but as a Wishart restaurant I expected a bit more polish and finesse.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening, the food was extraordinarily good, the service even better.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

We have missed the honours on two occasions and finally made it the weekend and wasn't disappointed . Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Service/staff were excellent, remembered who wanted what etc, water topped up. Bar staff helpful too. Food delicious. Couldn't pay £40 for lunch everyday, but as a one of treat, definitely left feeling very satisfied.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Food, drink and service were all excellent. It was not very busy for a Friday lunchtime, so slightly lacking in atmosphere.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This was my third visit within the last couple of months - I was planning on visiting more regularly. Front of house staff, superb. Maitre de; wonderfully welcoming, personable and good fun. The only thing that marred our experience was the coffee which took ten minutes to arrive, so late that we had no time to drink it. There seemed to be a language barrier with two waiting staff. We asked if we could ‘take away’ the coffees - cue much head scratching and more unnecessary delay. Sadly it was the part of the experience that I will remember most. Having paid the bill before coffee arrived, I also paid for two coffees that weren’t drunk.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Amazing food in an elegant and sophisticated restaurant, enhanced by friendly and attentive staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Another outstanding lunch

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

lovely room, atmosphere, service and food

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Fantastic experience as always. I have food allergies and the team at The Honours never fail to impress with their knowledge of the menu, the ingredients, and their willingness to help me. The food was perfectly delicious, and the atmosphere is so relaxed it was great way to end a busy day. Thanks to everyone on the team!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 November 2017

We were a party of 5 on the so-called Express lunch. It was a luxurious and leisurely meal at a bargain price for the very high quality and fine cooking. Can I rave about a portion of red cabbage and a leek soup? Yes, I can! A fortiori the pheasant and blackcurrant dessert! All credit to The Honours

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

The meal we had was excellent and all four in our party thoroughly enjoyed 'The Honours dining experience'. We also passed on to staff at the time how impressed we were with the formal yet friendly service we were given. Hopefully we'll make a return visit sometime soon.

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Steaks were cooked perfectly! And Staff all very helpful and upbeat !

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Excellent service and wonderful food

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Visited On Thursday, 09 November 2017

Service perhaps a little formal for a brasserie. Wine waiter was thrown when we moved our glasses to make space on the table. Bit of confusion over return of coats at the end and one staff member obviously receiced a telling off when she was trying to help. All food and drink was perfection. Staff helpfully moved us away from a formal business lunch meeting booking and put us in a secluded window table. Candle in partner’s dessert was a sweet birthday surprise. Again, the food is wonderful and the lunch is great value. Thank you for a special celebratory lunch!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 November 2017

Had an express lunch yesterday and it was absolutely perfect. Loved the pickled vegetables with my rillette of duck. The lunch is such good value for money. Staff are all wonderful

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Visited On Thursday, 09 November 2017

Service slightly lacking in areas, e.g. one side plate removed but the other one left.. Also the waiter didn't know which dish was for each person. Apart from that everything was excellent.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Excellent food and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 November 2017

First time we had experienced the Express Lunch. Good menu, excellent cooking, great value. No hesitation in recommending. We will certainly return.

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