Café St Honoré

Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA
  • Telephone 0131 226 2211
  • Seasonal times Festival: lunch until 2.30pm and evening until 10.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5.15–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.cafesthonore.com
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Café St Honoré

Ethically run and sustainably influenced venue with well-sourced, cleverly composed Scottish food in a delightful French bistro setting.

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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.

The List's rating
8.2

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Ian Hogg visited Café St Honoré on 16 January 2019
  • High point: Hard to see past the fondant
  • Low point: Occasionally the wonderful message doesn’t translate to the plate
  • Notable dish: The sensational dark chocolate fondant
  • Average price: £14.50 (set lunch); £32 (dinner)

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: Lilting Gallic tunes
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
  • House wine: £22 per bottle

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Q&A: Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honoré

27 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…