The Honours

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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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Though calling itself a brasserie, The Honours sits decidedly at the haute end of things. It’s lofty interior is divided into a long, luxuriant bar area – serving excellent cocktails and snacks – and a generously spaced dining room, bedecked in browns, beiges and golds. It’s all poise and elegance, embellished by gliding service and background tootlings of trad jazz, a perfect foil for the food which is imbued with Michelin technique and class. Starters such as a buoyant cheese soufflé or a silky crab cappuccino are both rich as Croesus, but have a delicacy of touch only found in the most rigorous of kitchens. The menu’s extensive grill section is a major feature, with delicious steaks and specials slicked with a signature sweet-salty madeira glaze, and garnished with grilled cherry tomatoes. Continuing the classics theme, cheese is exclusively French, and exclusively very good, and a burnished tarte tatin makes a fine and fitting finale to The Honours’ proudly old-school experience.

The List's rating






Will Bain visited The Honours on 6 February 2019
  • High point: Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics
  • Notable dish: Crab cappuccino, rouille and golden croutons
  • 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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