Café St Honoré
Socially-distanced seating, hand-sanitiser on tables, all staff wearing masks.
Last updated: 14 August 2020
Firmly established city centre favourite with a focus on quality and flavour using ethically sourced local produce.
Café St Honoré continues to overlay an award-winning ethical, organic and sustainable ethos across every aspect of its dining experience. Set against a delightful French bistro backdrop, chef-director Neil Forbes confidently showcases classic technique, contemporary flourishes and impeccably sourced Scottish produce. A rich mix of organic choices on a carefully selected wine list supports a focused à la carte which runs from lunch to dinner, with plenty of dishes that can be carefully refashioned as dairy or gluten-free. Smoked salmon terrine with horseradish and pickled cucumbers appears alongside the likes of braised pork belly with Peelham Farm nduja or North Sea hake with Shetland blueshell mussels. Crispy sage adds texture to pumpkin and pearl barley risotto, featuring on the appealing fixed-price lunch and evening options, together with venison cottage pie and Arran mustard greens. Lunchtime cookery masterclasses and meet the producer evenings are worth keeping an eye out for, in a venue that applies enviable rigour towards the happiness of its suppliers, staff and customers. Also, don’t leave without sampling the dark chocolate fondant – it’s sensational.
Concealed down a charming cobbled lane in Edinburgh's New Town, Cafe St Honore oozes French brasserie-style chic. Effortlessly elegant, timeless Art Deco flourishes come in the form of mosaic floor tiling and glitzy mirrored panels.
Chef Neil Forbes and his team pride themselves on producing everything in-house, using ingredients sourced from local producers and suppliers in line with their 'Slow Food' philosophy. The à la carte menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons, and is supported by a Cafe Classics menu of favourites, such as organic Scotch beef bourguignon and mash, whole grilled sardines, coq au vin made with organic Perthshire chickens, and local cheeses with home-made oatcakes and chutney. Members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association since 2009, Cafe St Honoré was awarded the highest accolade of 3-star champion status in August 2012.
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- Private dining: Up to 14 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Background French tunes
- Capacity: 48
- Largest group: 48
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
- House wine: £22.50 per bottle
Reviews & features
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Q&A: Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honoré27 Oct 2014
Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches
How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? Cafe St Honoré doesn't add much to its already wonderful Parisian-feel. We simply add a few twinkles to the lighting and have our own Christmas puddings…