Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Geoffrey Smeddle - owner of Cupar's “splendid establishment” The Peat Inn - takes over the site of The Plumed Horse on Henderson Street in Edinburgh’s culinary neighbourhood, Leith, with an ambitious new venture providing tasting menus centered on Scottish produce from local suppliers.
Harden's survey result
“Amazing playful inventive food” – “an exquisite and mind-unravelling experience” – from chef Scott Smith and his team have made his “truly brilliant” Leith yearling (on the site of The Plumed Horse, RIP) a very “refreshing arrival on the Edinburgh scene”. “It’s strictly informal, with small tables, no cloths or flim-flam, and friendly, very well-informed staff who explain about ingredients, provenance and technique”. “Each dish is brought to the table and explained by the chef who had cooked it” and “it’s worth hearing about them: local suppliers are heavily championed, as is seasonal produce and heritage techniques and ideas”. Did Michelin only press their nose to the window this year?
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50-54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
Tue - Wed: 7pm - 9pm; Thurs - Sat: 5.30pm - 9pm
Last orders: 9 pm