Chef Scott Smith, a protégé of Michelin-starred Geoffrey Smeddle, owner of The Peat Inn, is taking over the site of The Plumed Horse on Henderson Street in Edinburgh’s culinary neighbourhood of Leith, with an exciting new restaurant venture – Norn.
The 36 cover restaurant, which is set to open in early May, is named after an ancient Scottish language and reflects part of the restaurant’s ethos which is to honour and pay tribute to Scotland’s rich food landscape and heritage.
The restaurant will offer a fixed set menu of either four or seven courses that will change regularly to reflect the best of Scotland’s outstanding natural produce, both wild and cultivated. Scott has spent the past 18 months sourcing, meeting and selecting a trusted group of local producers including butchers, foragers, farmers, fish and seafood specialists to provide the very best ingredients.
The menus will be dictated by suppliers and what the chefs have harvested themselves on regular foraging trips, guaranteeing absolute freshness of ingredients and creating a sustainable environment by using produce that is in abundance. The menu will change and evolve with strict restrictions to the seasons, driving a truly creative and seasonal dining experience. Produce will also be preserved using traditional and modern techniques to be reintroduced at a later date ensuring flavour and sustainability is at the heart of everything they do.
The restaurant’s wine list will be looked after by Marseilles-born natural wine expert and sommelier Sandro Colavolpe who has come from Brawn in London and previously worked at Terroirs. The wines will be sourced from small, artisanal winemakers, where growers tend to favour more traditional methods, producing sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines which are delicious and refreshingly different.
The fresh and bright dining room will seat 32 at beautiful Scottish ash wood tables, with four seats at an ash wood bar overlooking the pass and into the open kitchen. Food service will come courtesy of the chefs who will bring the dishes from the kitchen to the table with detailed knowledge of everything they have prepared. Quirky, contemporary artwork comes from local Scottish artists adding a light-hearted touch to the dining room.
Lunch: Thursday – Saturday
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday
Three course lunch menu (choice of two dishes per course): £20
Four courses: £40 (plus £35 for matching wines)
Seven courses: £65 (plus £60 for matching wines)
Norn, 50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6DE