This restaurant has ceased trading.

50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
  • Telephone 0131 629 2525
  • Opening times Tue & Wed 7–9.30pm; Thu–Sat 5.30–9.30pm; closed Mon & Sun.
  • Food served Tue/Wed 7–9pm; Thu–Sat 5.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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Fresh, bold and committed contemporary Scottish dining using ingredients from local seas, shores, hedgerows and kitchen gardens.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Located towards the edge of Leith's fashionable Shore area, Norn is a relaxed fine dining experience set in a minimalist grey interior. On arrival you're invited to ignore the folded menu and instead trust the staff (after mentioning anything you don't like). There's a choice of four or seven courses, and a further option of matching wines. The Norn-baked Orcadian beremeal bread is delightful, with slightly sweet notes and a well-fired crust, served with a salty homemade butter. A light-as-air fermented asparagus follows with smoked duck. Mackerel arrives in a salty broth which tastes like it's been freshly scooped from the sea. And the cabbage, mushroom and wild watercress is astonishing; what witchcraft could make the humble cabbage taste so sublime? For the main course, hogget is pink with crispy fat, accompanied by crunchy cabbage. A four-cheese board is quickly followed by a raw and cooked rhubarb dessert with a light set cream – a masterpiece and the perfect end to a brilliantly conceived menu. Each dish is passionately presented by the respective chefs and you just know you're in very safe hands.

The List's rating






Murray Robertson visited Norn on 13 February 2018
  • High point: Ingenious cooking makes even the simplest ingredients sing
  • Low point: The superb bread is dangerously moreish
  • Notable dish: Rhubarb, milk, alexander
  • Average price: £40 (set dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 36
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £23.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and l'escargot…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year. Fred…

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…