50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
  • Telephone 0131 629 2525
  • Opening times Tue & Wed 7–9pm; Thu–Sat 5.30–9pm; closed Mon & Sun.
  • Food served Tue/Wed 7–9pm; Thu–Sat 5.30–9pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £40 (four courses); £65 (seven courses)
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Fresh, bold and committed contemporary Scottish dining using ingredients from local seas, shores, hedgerows and kitchen gardens.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2017 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Norn offers a modern, stripped-down take on fine dining without the swagger of white tablecloths and flouncy menus. The grey, open-plan interior feels almost office-like, while the only decision is whether to pick four courses or seven. But this abdication of choice feels right from the first moreish mouthful of Orcadian beremeal bread, baked on the premises, to the last crumb of pudding. The menu is in constant seasonal flux and dependent on the locally foraged herbs and leaves that flavour many of the dishes. Be it some gentle haddock, egg yolk and crab apple on a broccoli foam, or rich, gamey lamb with walnut paste, these are served and described by the chefs themselves. ‘Enjoy!’ they invariably cry before retreating to the kitchen, and it’s pretty hard not to, especially with one of the most thoughtful wine lists in town. Ramp up the ambience, tone down the lights and Norn would be a hard act to beat.

  • High point: The sheer inventiveness of the cooking
  • Low point: The grey wall-to-wall carpet
  • Notable dish: Lamb, january king, roe and walnut paste
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Velvet Undergorund
  • Capacity: 36
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2016 May
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £23.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is released

18 Apr 2017

Popular restaurant guide announces award winners including Norn, Bilson Eleven and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The 2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is out and available to buy Wed 19 Apr. In the guide, the 24th annual round-up of the eating out scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow, nearly 1000 eating and drinking venues have been covered by a team of…


27 Sep 2016

It's an Edinburgh newcomer with more than a whiff of zeitgeisty Scandi-chic going on. Yet Norn suggests that the best way for a fad to stick around is to deliver great food

For all that Norn, the new restaurant set up by chef Scott Smith and his wife Laura in the Leith venue previously occupied by Plumed Horse, is a card-carrying representative of the freshly foraged, home-fermented, chef-served zeitgeist, it would be…