Café St Honoré

Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA
  • Telephone 0131 226 2211
  • Seasonal times Festival: open till 10.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5.15–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–2pm, 6–10pm.
  • Average price £14.50 (set lunch); £27 (evening meal)
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Café St Honoré

A taste of Paris with 97% sustainable and mostly Scottish ingredients, this is a top choice for ethical meat eaters.

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Vive la Vieille Alliance, found just off Thistle Street in the guise of Neil Forbe’s Cafe St Honoré. This is the sort of place you’d expect to see Lorraine cross-wearing French resistance fighters plotting the overthrow of the Vichy government over a hearty coq au vin and a bottle of Beaujolais. Other than the Beaujolais though, pretty much everything you’ll consume is actually Scottish. A well-known proponent of the slow food movement, Forbes is aiming for 97% sustainability - you won’t even find imported olive oil here. The quality of the ingredients is allowed to shine through in a light chicken and ham hock terrine starter pleasantly supported by celeriac remoulade. Likewise a subtly seasoned Perthshire Sika deer is melt in your mouth tender, accompanied by creamy fondant potato and offset with a rich Stornoway black pudding. Retro desserts with a modern twist include a fantastic vanilla rice pudding with almonds, raisins and home preserved rhubarb. All of this comes at a very reasonable price, even without the brilliant-value Café Classic menu, which is available all night.

  • High point: A beautiful showcase for Scottish ingredients
  • Low point: Take pity on the starving vegetarian

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 16 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: French jazz / easy listening background music
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

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…