The Plumed Horse

Price guide: Mid-range

50 -54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DF

Price guide: Mid-range

Tony and his identical 3 brothers...

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#4 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
5
5.0
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
3.2
3.2
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of The Plumed Horse

The Plumed Horse has a Michelin star, an owner with a big personality and fab food.

Tony Borthwick had a Michelin star when he lived down south. When he arrived in Edinburgh he had to leave the star behind as it was attached to his last establishment. Undaunted, he announced he would get another. Of course, the usual raised eyebrow met his confident bluster - that’s what Scots do to people who blow their own trumpet. But he was absolutely bang on (and he deserves it too). This is a great restaurant, run by a great character, and is a feather in Edinburgh’s cap. End of.

Food and drink: 

The stuff of dreams: foie gras soufflé, roast fillet of monkfish with deep fried oyster, John Dory, apple and blackberry trifle, calvados granita. Go for his set lunch: whatever it consists of it will be great. He uses seasonal produce so the menu changes every couple of weeks, and for £25.50 I don't know how he does it. But happily he does.

Ambience: 

Refurbished in July 2010, the place is looking great. There's no private dining room any longer, but they will still accommodate a more private dining experience if that's what you prefer. Other than that you get a big room, elegant and comfortable.

Service: 

Has been criticised in the past for being too serious and reverential but part of the Michelin package is top service and that is what you get, like it or not.

Location: 

One of the lesser known streets in Leith and it's not an ideal location, which is why the prices are pitched to get you down here. You will go back once you have tried it.

Price advice: 

Great prices for this level of eating: a three course dinner is £39, the tasting menu weighs in at £59 and a four-course lunch including canapés costs £25.50. I told you.

More information on The Plumed Horse:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
British, Scottish, Seafood
Address:
50 -54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DF
Telephone:
0131 554 5556
Website:
http://www.plumedhorse.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tues-Saturday 12.30pm-1.30pm and 7-9pm (9.30pm Sat); closed Sun and Mon; closed December 24-29 2010 inclusive.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Michelin star

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