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 Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Honours never fails to deliver the goods. Another excellent lunch. Our favourite eating pace in Edinburgh

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

The ladies' loo needs a chair, or shelf, or hook to accommodate bags, coats, etc.!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

We had a great time, the food was fab and we were well looked after.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Lovely food - mains could have been hotter

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Everything about the food was great! We really enjoyed our meal and the service was good. Only negative was that the festive menu comes with tea or coffee and petit fours but we got a liquor coffee and another drink, both more expensive than a tea or coffee, but were told we couldn’t have the petit fours - don’t think this is very fair!

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Everything was impeccable- the food, the wines, the service were all superb. We had an amazing time, there were eleven of us and every person just loved the delicious meals and can’t wait to visit again.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 December 2019

Food was delicious and your excellent staff very helpful and efficient. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 December 2019

I had high expectations having had The Honours recommended to me. But our visit even exceeded that. I couldn’t fault one aspect of the visit and will be back next time we are in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

My friend and I had the festive menu and as normal there was the usual excellent service e and food. I am booked to go back before it ends so I can sample some of the other delights on the menu.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Again an excellent meal and service - exceptional

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Food amazing,service superb,atmosphere idyllic

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Loved the food, service, ambience. Will definitely be back and will certainly recommend. Having eaten at many of the great eateries in Edinburgh, surprised to have missed this one until now!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Came for our wedding anniversary lunch and left blown away. The whole experience went far beyond my expectations. The food was delicious, the service lovely and altogether a great experience. I can still feel the endorphin release from that food. We were especially impressed with how well our needs were catered to and we had the option of halal meat. Extremely impressed and will be coming back

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

The food is always well prepared and of an extremely high standard and the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is very relaxed. I just wish I lived much closer and could visit more often.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Pretty good. Always reliable

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

We eat on the Honours regularly: the food is superb, cooked with great precision and bags of flavour. The short rib ravioli and rib-eye steaks in particular were outstanding. Many thanks for a great festive meal!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Food was excellent and the staff were very attentive. A thoroughly enjoyable experience

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Simply sublime. We were a party of 7 & every dish was amazing.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Lovely evening thank you

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Very good all round experience - will definitely be back

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

One of the best meals I have had this year: the crab ravioli is AMAZING and the partridge is sublime. Fantastic cooking

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Excellent celebratory graduation dinner recently. We had the set "honours" menu for the whole table. Food was beautifully cooked and presented but most of all tasted great.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Extremely good meal. Service excellent. Will return

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

As ever good food, fantastic front of house staff and we will be back

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Found the service slow on the night. Kept waiting for 25 mins for our table. The staff seemed rushed and were not very attentive. Food was excellent and mains were fairly priced. Thought the smaller dishes and sides are overpriced for what you get.

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