The Honours, Edinburgh

The Honours

The Honours, Edinburgh

The Honours – Edinburgh opened in 2011 and represented the exciting next step of Martin Wishart’s journey. His aim was to further strengthen Scotland’s reputation for good food and to inspire others with his unequivocal enthusiasm for the very best traditional and modern French cuisine. Having launched the Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in 1999 and Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond in Cameron House Hotel in 2008, The Honours was received with great acclaim and a sister restaurant followed in Glasgow in 2014.

The restaurant’s name makes reference to the moment in Scottish history when Sir Walter Scott — who lived nearby — uncovered the Scottish Crown Jewels, also known as The Honours of Scotland.
In addition, the name owes a debt to a rare 18th century book, “the Honours of the Table”. In this celebrated volume, the author, Rev. Dr. John Trusler, advised the youth of the day on table etiquette, exclaiming that: “To do the honours of a table gracefully, is one of the outlines of a well-bred man…”.

Since opening his eponymous restaurant in Edinburgh’s Port of Leith in 1999, Martin Wishart has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs, currently holding one Michelin star, 4 AA rosettes and a score of 8/10 in the Good Food Guide. In addition, Martin won the title of AA Chefs’ chef of the year 2010-2011. Martin trained under such renowned chefs as Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White, Nick Nairn, John Burton-Race, Marc Meneau and Charlie Trotter.

The Head Chef, Paul Tamburrini, has known Martin for over 12 years, since the two met in the kitchen of Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel in 1998. Paul’s extensive experience includes stints at some of the UK’s most renowned Michelin starred restaurants, such as Marco Pierre White’s L’Escargot Restaurant London, Airds Hotel in Argyll as well as Martin Wishart’s fine dining restaurant in Leith, Edinburgh.

Martin and Paul spent a great deal of time researching the perfect balance of ambience, design and style for The Honours – Edinburgh, drawing inspiration from many successful restaurants around the world. Together, they have crafted a unique menu utilising the trusted artisan producers and suppliers. The menu at The Honours – Edinburgh combines seasonal, Scottish flavours in innovative, brasserie-influenced dishes. The team have compiled a concise, but varied wine list with the aim of offering the majority of the selection by the glass. They also offer an impressive array of cocktails and a suitably continental selection of aperitifs and digestifs. If you are not feeling inclined for a full meal, the bar menu includes a selection of smaller dishes, so there is something to suit everyone at The Honours – Edinburgh.

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Rhubarb

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James Thomson’s Rhubarb is the most opulent of his restaurants to date, with all the gourmet delight, drama and romance you expect from the creator of the Witchery by the Castle.

Decadent, stylish and very, very, glamorous, Rhubarb occupies a pair of spectacular oval rooms at the heart of the historic and lavishly restored Prestonfield. Alongside are a collection of chic bars and salons for cocktails, drinks or afternoon tea and some even more sumptuous drawing rooms in which to enjoy coffee and liqueurs.

Exceptional Scottish produce, much sourced from small artisan suppliers, is handled with terrific skill and flair creating a gourmet destination with a reputation among the capital’s most memorable dining experiences. Rhubarb has a range of menus including a la carte and a very special dining offer – 3 courses at either lunch or dinner for just £36. There is also a fantastic two-course lunch menu at just £20 and traditional 2 course Sunday lunch for just £20.

Highlights include Orkney brown crab – Crab and sweetcorn cocktail, seaweed popcorn, diakon radish and pink grapefruit salad with crab vinaigrette; Venison – Roast roe deer loin; haunch pie and haggis, salt-baked beetroot, red cabbage purée, confit purple potato, semi-dried cherries, pink peppercorn jus; Turbot – Fillet of turbot cooked on the bone in seaweed butter, smoked eel beignets, pickled seasonal mushrooms, young leeks, langoustine: bisque, powder and confit potatoes; Asparagus – New season green and white asparagus, morels, duck yolk ravioli, truffle gnocchi and crispy shallots and Douglas Fir, Crowdie and lemon – Katy Rodger’s Crowdie ripple with home-made marmalade, lemon drizzle cake, pine nuts, Douglas Fir sherbet and ice cream.

To accompany such accomplished cooking Prestonfield has an award-winning cellar and temptation lurks in the wine list of over 800 bins. From famous name wines for very special occasions to a hand-picked selection of 14 wines available by the glass, you’ll find your ideal dining companion within Rhubarb’s acclaimed list.

And the name? Rhubarb celebrates the achievement of Sir Alexander Dick of Prestonfield who introduced rhubarb to Scotland in the 18th century, receiving a medal from the Royal Society for his endeavour. Rhubarb still grows at Prestonfield today and often features on the menu.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner Lunch 12-2pm (12.30- 3pm on Sunday) Afternoon Tea 2 – 7pm seven days Dinner served 6pm until last reservation at 10pm seven days

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Tower Restaurant

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Views of Edinburgh Castle and the spectacular skyline of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Old Town feature on the menu at James Thomson’s rooftop Tower Restaurant above Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland. This is rooftop dining at its most spectacular – with brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner available every day.

Fresh, locally sourced and impeccably cooked food, from an inventive menu, deft service and inspirational wines in a chic and glamorous rooftop setting are Tower trademarks and it has become a favourite for visiting celebrities such as J K Rowling, Kate Winslet, HRH The Princess Royal, Ricky Gervais and the entire All Blacks team to name a few.

High above the Dickensian rooftops of Edinburgh’s magical and atmospheric Old Town, dinner at the Tower is an experience to savour. Enjoy a menu showcasing some of Scotland’s very best produce enhanced by some rather accomplished cooking. Highlights include Isle of Mull lobster thermidor, rib-eye steak from award-winning East Lothian butcher, John Gilmour with chips and bearnaise, haggis from Dingwall with pineapple salsa or how about whole seabass with samphire and charred cucumber. We also serve some of the most delicious vegetarian dishes in town such as shallot and chive mousse or watrecress and beetroot risotto.

Pre-dinner cocktails can be enjoyed on our rooftop terrace which boasts the most spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, or choose from our award-winning wine list and sit back and enjoy a gastronomic feast to remember and let our friendly team look after you.

Choose from our a la carte menu or our fantastic value 3 course set menu for £36. Or if you’re looking for a light meal to start your evening off in style then choose our delicious 2 course pre-theatre menu, served every day between 5 – 6.30pm for only £19.95.

Or how about Afternoon Tea – just £20pp – served daily from 2.30 – 5.30pm. Enjoy a 3 tier cake stand filled to the brim with fresh homemade treats. Add a glass of our delicious Billecart-Salmon Champagne for just £7. Or book the best Brunch in Edinburgh – our Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary will get you fighting fit and our eggs Benedict is the perfect way to start your day!

The Tower’s exceptional rooftop setting and unrivalled Castle views make a memorable choice for private or corporate dinners and entertaining and it is the ideal exclusive-use venue seating up to 90 guests for dinner, or 150 for a reception. The Tower’s team can also provide some of the most accomplished banqueting food and service in the city for guests who choose to use the Museum’s impressive circular private dining venues; the Bute Room and Board Room.

The Tower is open all day, every day from 10am until 11pm (last reservation). Reservations are recommended for dinner.

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Twenty Princes Street

Twenty Princes Street

Twenty Princes Street

Twenty Princes Street has made a real impression on the dining scene in Edinburgh since it opened in Summer 2013 and has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city – gaining an enviable reputation for its innovative, seasonal menus and extensive drinks menu, as well as stunning panoramic views over Princes Street, the Old Town and all the way up towards the Castle.

Twenty presents a wondrously elegant and stunning setting that is sure to bewitch even the most cosmopolitan of patrons, offering a trendy and sophisticated dining experience where the ambience is refreshingly informal and the atmosphere is glamorous, but not glitzy.

The restaurant’s interiors are a blend of old and new; triple-height bay windows and period features nodding to its Victorian heritage, while illuminated curved leather and walnut booths and shiny marbles tables give the restaurant some contemporary credentials. Light and bright, with walls adorned with pictures and photographs reflecting the history of Edinburgh and the most amazing views in town, Twenty Princes Street is captivating and capacious with a fabulous wine wall that adds further interest to the room.

One of the most eye-catching elements is the stunning ornate ceiling which has been sympathetically reinstated and dazzling designer light fittings loom majestically overhead in this large yet intimate space.

Executive Chef Tony Sarton demonstrates culinary flair with an inventive and eclectic menu that keeps apace with the seasons, using a wide range of Scottish produce and only the finest locally sourced ingredients.

It’s not surprising that Tony claimed the coveted title of ‘Chef of the Year’ at the 2015 Scottish Hotel Awards as he likes to push boundaries and add a little theatre and fun – Scottish brown crab is artfully deconstructed as tea and toast: the shell turned into a pot of strong, sea-salty broth, the brown meat into delicate mousse & the white into a creamy, refreshing parfait to spread on a tiny bread loaf and a glass cloche is lifted to reveal a puff of hickory smoke, presenting a tender, blood-red Border beef carpaccio, soft-boiled quails’ eggs, pickled walnuts and crunchy baby onion rings! Traditional dishes also shine with a well-seasoned, succulent ribeye steak seared to 450˚C in the much-vaunted charcoal-fuelled Josper grill and oven, while a sublime seafood box of half lobster with scallops, mussels, cockles and fresh, sweet langoustine is amazing value.

Twenty’s signature dishes include Seared West Coast scallops & medallions of lobster with apple consommé & vanilla; Buccleuch black pudding & pork belly roll with apple purée & sage oil; Twenty Burger, a 7oz chuck steak burger with crispy bacon, smoked mayonnaise and Innis & Gunn rarebit, served with triple-cooked chips and salad leaves; Chipotle & maple-glazed Secreto de Iberico pork, piquillo pepper gnocchi and green beans; Salt & rosemary-baked seabass with pickled spring vegetable & warm potato salad, lemon & chervil butter; ‘Fire & Ice’ Banoffee Baked Alaska – Flaming rum, caramelised banana, toffee & vanilla ice cream, sponge & toasted meringue.

There’s an extensive drinks list, including 19 wines by the glass and adjacent bar, Juniper, is perfect for pre or post-prandial drinks.

Opening times Daily: Noon–11.30pm (last orders 10pm)

• Offer a whole day menu, with starters from just £4.50 and mains from £12.00; vegetarian options; children’s portions; children’s high chairs, wheelchair access, free wi-fi
• Regular events include Winemaker Dinners, Gin evenings, Seafood evenings – keep checking their website
• Overnight rooms – £65

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The Witchery By The Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery By The Castle

Romantic, historic and utterly unique, The Witchery by the Castle has been wowing discerning diners in the capital since the 1980’s and has developed a world-wide reputation for its exceptional dining experience, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s produce in the most magical of settings.

A Scottish dining landmark, much loved by loyal locals, its A-list celebrity fans and visitors to the city alike, The Witchery was established by acclaimed restaurateur, James Thomson OBE and really is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in the city.

The Witchery has become one of the city’s most famous destination restaurants with a global reputation and remains a destination for many celebrities visiting the city, including; Michael Douglas, HRH Princess Anne, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Moss, and many more, with Lord Lloyd Webber describing it as “the prettiest restaurant ever!”

The décor is an undeniable part of the appeal, reflecting the building’s 16th-century origins. Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery or among the elegant charms of the Secret Garden. Both are enchanting and magical, with carved panelling, lush drapes, exposed beams, heraldic insignia and gilded ceilings.
Candlelit tables offer an intimate ambience, while the cuisine lives up to the surroundings, with the emphasis on high-quality Scottish seafood, beef, lamb and game, elegantly prepared and presented.

Signature dishes include Oban native oysters; Scallops from the Isle of Mull served in their shell with Iberico ham and garlic butter; Steak tartare with raw quail’s egg;
35-day dry-aged Scotch rib-eye steak, grilled bone marrow, roscoff onion and béarnaise sauce; Lobster and crab omelette, sauce Americaine; Roast loin of Cairngorm venison, black quinoa, iron bark pumpkin, pickled pear; Kir Royale sorbet; Valrhona ‘Equatorial chocolate and pistachio tea cake; Yorkshire rhubarb and custard tart with mascarpone ice cream.

You’ll also discover one of Scotland’s finest wine cellars featuring over 500 wines by the bottle and 16 by the glass. The restaurant was winner of the AA’s coveted best wine list in the UK awards 2013 and named among the world’s greatest wine lists in the inaugural World of Fine Wine Awards in 2014.

The Witchery by the Castle also features nine theatrical suites, perfect for those looking to stay in the most indulgent of settings. Lavishly decorated these suites scream romance with a capital R! Whether you choose the Library, the Old Rectory or the Guardroom, the result is the same – wall to wall decadence, massed antiques, gothic décor and roll-top baths big enough for two! An unforgettably magical experience.

Open seven days from Noon until 11.30pm (last reservation).

Lunch from 12 Noon; Dinner 5pm – 11.30pm*

Pre- theatre Supper 4pm – 6.30pm*

Post-theatre Supper 10.30pm – 11.30pm*
*Last reservation taken at this time.

 
• Private Dining or Weddings & Celebrations – The Witchery – up to 50 guests & The Secret Garden – up to 60 guests.
• 9 fabulously original and indulgent suites.

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