The Honours, Edinburgh
A few weeks ago it was my six year anniversary with my boyfriend, and to celebrate we went to Edinburgh. I've only been to Scotland once before, and it rained for the entire two weeks, so my expectations were not particularly high! Whilst exploring the city we used the Guardian good food guide to track down a French/British restaurant for lunch, and found The Honours on North Castle Street.
The Honours makes delicious, high quality food using fine meats and delicately balanced ingredients. Although my starter of crab cappacuino was a little heavy for a first course, the crab flavour came through really strongly. The mix of textures was a real delight, and finding tiny pieces of crabmeat set the softness of the dish off perfectly. The main dish of rabbit was my first taste of this rarely used meat. Although 'uncommon cuts' are in fashion at the moment (the boyfriend had pigs head terrine, imagine that 5 years ago!), I was still nervous of tasting it. The rabbit was so soft and succelent and fell off the bone. I was also genuinely suprised at the amount of meat that came from the ballatine and leg that I was served. The sautéed potatoes that came with it were extremely buttery and rich and delicious and the juis of rabbit was just divine.
As a last note, the staff at The Honours are fantastic. From the doorman, bartender and our waiter we were looked after from the minute we walked in the door. And although we were dressed in jeans and jumpers rather than suits like some of the other guests, we were treated with the same respect and polite attitude that is often difficult to find in restaurants. Our waiter was particularly kind, making note of my nut allergy and was extremely knowledgable of the menu. Even when he found my dessert ramen was dusted with almonds he didn't fluster but quickly helped me chose a different dessert.
The Honours is a wonderful building, set in the heart of New Town and is well worth a visit, even if it is just to the bar for a delicious Hendricks G&T.