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“Top class food at a reasonable price”
Review of The Honours

The Honours
Ranked #120 of 2,478 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: New Town
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Top class food at a reasonable price”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Visited 2 July 2013 hotfoot from the Queen's garden party at Holyrood, looking for something to stimulate the senses and send us back to our country retreat having enjoyed the best the city has to offer. Parking right outside - amazing. We had a good seat in the window with lots of natural light. The chocolate and gold-beige decor was classy but restrained and not distracting. Good bread while we ordered - a key test in my view. Flexibility was varied. I really fancied the veal sweetbreads which were on the menu as a mains. They agreed to do a half portion as a starter. Excellent. Very good it was too - savoury and rich, perfectly balanced by the wilted spinach. My wife was less lucky. She loves plaice which featured twice on the menu. One with Buckwheat cake the other with Celeriac chips. Although overall the first was preferred, there was to be no swapping out the buckwheat for the celeriac. Shame. Her Starter of salt cod cappuccino was out of this world though. Light, zingy, fragrant sweet-savoury all in one. This is what the Gods must eat. My main was the halibut with pig's trotter and chargrilled endive. All totally delicious and a perfect combination except you the trotter came as a sausage or boudin of tiny proportions. Very tasty but lacking the texture and interest of even half a trotter. Fries on the side were perfect and enough for two and the salad was top notch too. Good pud, but I think the foam with everything has long since lost novelty value and adds little in taste or texture. But good chocolatey honeycomb thing (posh "crunchie" ) and a nice way to finish. Coffee was good but need to bring tablet with it as on the West Coast. Excellent selection of wines by the glass at good price. Overall £83 for 2. Very satisfied.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Gaitero61
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good Food, Poor Service”
Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

We made a 21:30 reservation at The Honours while on vacation in Edinburgh. Despite other available tables, we were seated at the furthest table, near the kitchen, which was very busy and noisy. It took a very long time for anyone to acknowledge us, and no one ever went over the menu or even welcomed us. Service was perfunctory, and we did notice how the staff were very conversational with other tables, but not ours. The wine steward was patronizing and questioned if I knew what kind of wine I was choosing. Rack of lamb for two was delicious and expertly prepared, but the accompaniments of peas francaise and gnocchi were heavy and did not compliment the lamb. There are far better restaurants in Edinburgh.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank ETCMH77
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Graduation lunch”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

After my daughters graduation we went to the Honours for lunch. It was fantastic and very enjoyable. The food was mouth watering and the service from our waiter Grant was outstanding. We have decided to visit again for the next special event.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank zaza5
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly efficient staff.”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

Special birthday treat. Were given a friendly welcome and staff were all very efficient and attentive. Good menu selection and reasonably good value. Only criticism is that restaurant was a little too hot - maybe a problem with air conditioning that night - but overall a very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank tiney49
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Such good value for money”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

The Honours is, without doubt, one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh. It's rating should be much higher than the present #96

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank fireflybeijing
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