The Honours

The Honours
58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU
  • Telephone 0131 220 2513
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 6.30–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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The Honours

With it's fine dining pedigree, this stylish New Town brasserie delivers a Michelin-like experience.

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Seldom will you meet a food-loving Edinburger who won’t wax lyrical about Martin Wishart's take on the brasserie, and with good reason. The sophisticated high-ceilinged space – a stylish blend of warmly lit black and white marble with accenting gold disks and polished full-length mirrors – is worthy of recognition. So too is the well-executed fusion of French and Scottish cuisine, sourcing from the same quality producers as Wishart's Michelin-starred Leith flagship. Starters include light crab cappuccino, velvety rich buttered squid ink risotto and indulgent bone marrow slathered onto toasted sourdough. Intensely flavoured French staples follow; traditional bouillabaisse or tender ox cheeks coated in a rich bordelaise sauce, while the Josper grill fires up salt-aged beef and the duck fat chips are unmissable too. It’s not cheap but the express lunch menu is competitively priced and the wine list boasts both the affordable and the upmarket. Like a perfectly risen soufflé de jour, the front of house team is immaculately presented and well-drilled, creating a memorable experience for every table.

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Ailidh Forlan visited The Honours on 9 February 2018
  • High point: Sipping on an aperitif at the elegant bar
  • Low point: Loosening the purse strings
  • Notable dish: Himalayan salt-aged sirloin
  • Average price: £19.50 (set lunch); £47 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £23 per bottle

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10 Aug 2011

Superbly engineered Edinburgh brasserie from Martin Wishart team

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