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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 Thursday, 07 February 2019

It's the best combination of food, atmos, specialness, and service. The staff made such an effort with the cake we had delivered, it was brilliant. Thanks so much.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Fantastic very chilled and unobtrusive service.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Great night, excellent food.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Wonderful food, nice welcome. Great service. Highly recommend for a treat.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

The food was great however was disappointed as most of the starters were fish. Got round that by having several ‘small bites’. The service on arrival was great however our waiter didn’t give the best service. It wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t the level I’d expect for a restaurant of this standard. He forgot to ask us for drinks order before our food, and then asked if we wanted coffees, we had to ask for the dessert menu. Not big deals but not what I’d expect. He was clearly too busy. It didn’t affect our night though and we still had a really enjoyable meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Another lovely meal st the bar. I am a regular and always enjoy the chat with the staff. The food really was great, wine recommendation excellent and we had a great evening having just decided to pop in last minute

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Food and service was fantastic. Ricky and team cook to the highest level.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

My favourite restaurant in Edinburgh

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming! The food was lovely and the service was great.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

The dining was just great, lovely food all round. However, someone took their eye off the ball - white wine arrived after the first course started, no glasses were provided for the red wine until asked for. Maybe the manager was off that evening. A bit disappointing when treating guests to their first fine dining experience. There is a lot of competition out there.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

We’re from London and this was our 2nd visit to Edinburgh and Honours. The whole experience was brilliant, staff were very attentive and food was incredible! Would defintely recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

You can always be guaranteed a special dining experience @ The Honours - it never lets you down.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Lovely food, excellent service and express lunch menu good value.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

It was my wife’s birthday and I wanted a special evening for her. I was not disappointed - we had a great time. The service was spot on from start to finish. The wine exceptional and the food very good indeed. Chateaubriand and a banana soufflé for dessert. My wife loved it and said it was one of the very best meals she has ever had and we eat out a lot. Happy Birthday piped onto her dessert plate in chocolate showed the level of customer care. We will be back at The Honours and soon.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Very enjoyable meal and very good service

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Fabulous lunch at the Honours as always, the Express Lunch Menu is great value for the quality, every dish was excellent and the service as always was top notch. Looking forward to our next visit already.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Our booking for 6:15 was probably too early in the evening. We were the first customers of the evening and so only 2 in a restaurant was not the best. The food was very good as with the service. We would recommend the restaurant for fine dinning. An enjoyable night

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Great food, excellent service!

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

We had another delicious lunch at the honours. The staff were so accommodating with our wee boy, providing high chairs, space for the buggy and offering to make something for him to eat. Thankfully he enjoyed his nap so that we could enjoy our meal - the duck terrine was very tasty and full of flavour! Thank you for an enjoyable meal!!

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Visited On Friday, 25 January 2019

Service patchy Soufflé lacked depth of flavour

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Excellent food and service. A unique and thoroughly delicious dining experience. Would definitely recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Fabulous meal and a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. I would certainly recommend and will return in the future. Marked down slightly on service as I felt the waiting staff could have been a bit more attentive in keeping the wine and water topped up during our meal. The restaurant was busy to be fair and the staff were lovely.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

We were slightly late for our booking but not rushed on arrival and warmly welcomed. Fantastic service. Most enjoyable evening. We will be back 💕

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Couldn’t fault my experience. The food was delicious and your staff are always so accommodating. I had a wonderful birthday, thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

beautiful restaurant, food was fantastic, service wonderful and as expected it was very busy! it's more a brasserie and the tables are quite close together so it's fairly noisy but it is great in all respects and we will visit again.

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