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 Saturday, 25 May 2019

Excellent Birthday lunch for our daughter. The staff who looked after us paid great attention to detail, very friendly and professional. The food was divine and fresh tasting. I would highly recommend The Honours .

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

Food was excellent and enjoyed visit but very puzzled why we were never asked if we wanted another drink. Cleared away initial empties without a peep, a course and a half dry. Odd.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

Express menu was very good value. Individual mains were pricey. Halibut dish - small amount of fish for £26! Oyster selection was very unique, interesting and tasty.

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Visited On Friday, 24 May 2019

The usual excellent service and food

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Visited On Friday, 24 May 2019

Great service , 1st class x

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Visited On Friday, 24 May 2019

Excellent food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 23 May 2019

Very disappointed that bread is no longer free. A small matter but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and feels like a greedy rip-off.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Awesome food and service every time.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Lovely food and impeccable service. It was late on a Tuesday and quiet, but still felt comfortable and warm.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Express lunch is amazing value for money. It is a pity the menu doesn’t change more often. Wine is ridiculously expensive. A few less expensive wines at lunch-time would encourage us to visit more. The price of the wine is why value for money is 4* not 5*. Staff is very efficient and effective.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

Attentive staff & efficient service. Delicious halibut served with a langoustine. Beautiful restaurant with fantastic decor - exceptional!!

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Visited On Friday, 17 May 2019

Made very welcome from the moment we arrived

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Visited On Friday, 17 May 2019

First tine at the honours. Delightful experience will definitely be back

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 May 2019

We always enjoy dinner at The Honours for our family celebrations. Delicious food, beautifully served.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Beautiful venue, great service by the team and incredible food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Best food in Edinburgh at this price range.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Thank you for always allowing me to relax knowing you'll take care of my allergies. It's my favourite place to dine and I cant wait to return!

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Visited On Saturday, 04 May 2019

We are very fortunate to be able to dine out a lot and try all different styles and priced restaurants. We had a great time and the food was really well cooked and presented. However given the prices i was astonish at how small your portions were. I have the venison as a main and 3 small pieces cut from the fillet were almost laughable. And the starter of one scallop butterflied was also really a joke. The cheese souffle was spectacular but £17 i felt again really not good value. We have eaten in similar venues and paid similar prices but never both come out of the restaurant say we are still hungry.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 May 2019

Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, das Essen (diverse Fische und Hase) war außerordentlich, der Service sehr aufmerksam. Ich hoffe, dass das Team weiß, welchen guten Job es machen. Wir kommen in jeden Fall wieder. Marion & Petr

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A very nice place for dinner. Great food and service!

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Visited On Friday, 03 May 2019

Food and drink were excellent but it was a bit quiet.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 May 2019

The Honours have amazing good and great service. Highly recommended

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Visited On Friday, 03 May 2019

First class meal. Excellent service.

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Visited On Friday, 03 May 2019

Lovely lunch, would certainly recommend and come back. Execellent professional service.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Always a favourite and always consistently high standards of food!

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