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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
Price point: £££

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, 15 December 2018

A fabulous dining experience! Great value for a 3-course meal, especially during the festive season.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Had an excellent experience with the family. Wonderful food and very grateful for the delicious vegan menu. We will be back. Thanks again.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

Service was first class and food was incredible. The turkey from the festive menu was the best I have ever tasted and I’ve been to many nice places in my life so far. I will be back very soon for sure and will recommend to anyone for sure. Keep up the amazing work. Love the interiors too!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Great place. Very professional staff. Special mention for young Italian barman.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

It was a busy night but our table was almost 30 mins late, starter was cold (though delicious tasting) and food expensive for what it was. Service was excellent overall and staff attentive and polite.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

The food was very good but the atmosphere wasn’t so great mainly due to two large parties who took up most of the staffs time and effort and it was hard to converse over the noise. When we arrived, there was no one at the front desk to greet customers, we had to go and find someone. I guess that it was our fault for picking a Friday close to Christmas and expecting a quietish meal! As previously mentioned the food was very good.

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Food and service where excellent

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Visited On Friday, 14 December 2018

Outstanding food and service to match, thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Excellent food and attentive staff. A great way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

All first class

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

It was a lovely lunch, beautifully presented by caring staff. My slight problem with my main was dealt with immediately and chef created a fresh warm plate with no questions asked. Thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Beautiful food, excellent service, nice decor

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

I felt the service was a bit stiff. Skin on partridge was not crispy, just flabby. We never received our petite fours. I accompanied my mother to the toilet, on return our place had been cleared but I still had to ask for the bill- we were just sitting at a cleared table, until I got someone’s attention. Overall a nice meal, just not special.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Fantastic meal. Will definitely be back. Staff all very friendly & highly professional.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

We booked The Honours after doing much research as a Christmas treat for our trip to Edinburgh. We were really looking forward to the meal and in all honesty we were really disappointed. We arrived at the restaurant and were greated by front of house who took our coats and showed us to the table. When arriving at the table we were given the wrong menu, we'd booked the special Christmas deal and so had a request that menu. Previously when booking I had mentioned that one diner would need gluten free options, I asked the options when given the menu and the waitress looked flustered and said she'd ask her boss. Then someone else came over and I asked the same thing, they also had no idea. Finally a nice man came over and showed the options for gluten free. When paying the price we were I would expect to be offered bread, we weren't offered the option. We ordered our food, we seemed to be sat right by the door to the toilets even though there were tables in the centre of the restaurant which seemed to be a more vibrant atmosphere. The music playing seemed to be pop which didn't fit with the style of restaurant they were trying to be. The starters came and looked really nice, they were nice tasting but halfway through eating a waitress came over with a jug of sauce for my partners starter apologising that they'd forgotten it. Then we went on to the main course, I ordered steak – it was very chewy and I've had better steak at much less 'classy' restaurants. We decided to skip the third course in the end as even though we'd been planning to do three courses we just didn't feel it would be worth it with our previous experiences of the starter and main. The best part of our meal was the small chocolate truffle they served with our fresh mint tea! We then requested the bill and paid. I'd seen waitress' collect coats for other guests after paying but this didn't seem to happen for us. So we went to the entrance area hoping the lady who had taken our coats would be there. We waited around 10 minutes and she wasn't there. Another small detail, just a roll of clingfilm was left on the bar – you'd hope this sort of thing wouldn't happen in a high end restaurant. After waiting with no progress for our coats I went back into the restaurant to ask someone for our coats, I asked a man who said yes the lady at the door will have them, I said we had been waiting and she wasn't there. He then quite rudely told me 'one minute I'll get someone to help' rather than come out and help ourselves. Finally a waitress came out, she then came out with a coat hanger with the coats on, even things like this it shouldn't happen, it should just be the coats over the arm. All in all, for £50 a head it's just not on. The food wasn't up to scratch but you'd forgive that if the service was brilliant. The service was even wore than the food. I wouldn't recommend going here, I feel if Martin visited this restaurant he'd be ashamed with the lack of attention to detail. I usually don't leave a review but we felt as this had disappointed us so much it had to be done. It's a shame as I feel there is so much potential.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Lovely meal, thank you.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Had the festive menu which was delicious. Excellent service. Although can be quite costly perfect for a special occasion.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Great food and lovely place. Staff very polite but very busy.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Everything was wonderful. Food presentation & everything was delicious. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Great food,great service. Very good indeed '

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

usual excellent food and service. Also nice to Celine.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Very happy with the choice for a family celebration. Food and service was excellent !

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Excellent early evening dinner and exceptional service!! Thoroughly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Food and service were both fantastic

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