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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
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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 Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Flawless service from start to finish. I have food allergies and at no point was I made to feel like I was a nuisance, which is often the case at other establishments. The food was impeccable, and the black currant daiquiri was fabulous! A superb experience as always, and a reason we keep going back, particularly for special occasions.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

Amazing , love coming to this restaurant, service is impeccable and the food to die for. Can't wait to go back

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

Good food and service .

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

We weren’t asked if we wanted another bottle of water but we were just given one. I didn’t like that. Also our wine and water glasses kept on being topped up after having just had one sip which was also very annoying. Otherwise food was good but we did feel a bit rushed

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

My husband and I were gifted a voucher for the honours as a wedding present and our experience was exceptional. The atomosphere was lovely, staff were friendly polite and informative. Our food was outstanding as were the drinks. We will definately be back!!

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

The large areas of glass make it noisy, and the intrusive music makes it worse!

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

Simply fabulous! Great food,friendly service in beautiful surroundings

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

Really lovely three course lunch with friends....brilliant service....not speedy but v attentive, helpful and above and beyond. Food pretty good too!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Food and service are fantastic, hence my repeated return visits. Have 'only' left 4 stars for atmosphere as I really wasn't looking for any. However if this means 'was the restaurant a cut above' then yes, it most definitely was and is.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Always made a lovely dining experience by great staff who really take an interest in the individual

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

Really enjoyed our meal and the service was great, attentive but not intrusive. Great way to start our holiday . Keep it up and see you next time

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Visited On Friday, 06 April 2018

I have dined at The Honours many times and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The staff are the stars of the show, always very welcoming and attentive. The food is of a very high standard and the presentation is incredible. One of my favourite, if not my very favourite restaurant. Well done guys, keep up the amazing work!

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Welcoming and relaxing - one feels at home..... the food is, of course, beautifully prepared and the wine list seems carefully selected.

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Staff were attentive and helpful throughout the whole experience and the food was delicious. Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

The second time we have been to The Honours and we weren't disappointed. Great food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

Wonderful Dinner with exceptional service. Food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful too. Great ambiance. Will be back and will recommend without a doubt

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

Food and service was excellent. Yes we stayed a little later after lunch to finish wine. We just did not like thenongoing cleaning as we were finishing up. Kind regards Alex Quinn

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Visited On Saturday, 07 April 2018

It’s a shame because it’s a very expensive place, but we felt the service was lacking. It was meant to be a very special meal, but we felt very rushed between courses and to leave the restaurant. The food was very nice but unfortunately we wouldn’t return, due to the service letting the place down.

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Visited On Friday, 06 April 2018

Great food executed well with attentive but unobtrusive service in very pleasant surroundings. Good to see staff smiling and behaving as though they want to be at work.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 April 2018

My favourite Edinburgh restaurant, and one where I chose to celebrate my 50th birthday. Food exceptional, service even better, from the front desk reception to the Maitre d'. An outstanding experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 April 2018

We really enjoyed our express lunch. Especially the carrot cake was amazing. Keep up the good work!

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Visited On Friday, 30 March 2018

Been here several times and always impressed. Staff are so good (especially Lisa!) food excellent and great atmosphere. Not the cheapest restaurant in Edinburgh, but you do get what you pay for.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 April 2018

Excellent service and attention to detail. Incredible food , thoroughly enjoyable experience

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Visited On Saturday, 31 March 2018

we asked for a tarte tatin to be made in advance and the restaurant has agreed to indulge it, which was much appreciated (and the tarte was amazing). however, the general level of service at the honours has done a lot recently and the food is quite average. given the prices, this seems like a shame.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Seriously good restaurant which combines the attention to detail of a Michelin starred establishment with the value of a mid-priced venue. Food is exceptional, menu choices being well varied and nicely seasonal. Wine - there’s a lot to choose from with some very reasonably priced options. Service is simply outstanding - staff are incredibly attentive and knowledgable. Cannot recommend enough.

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