Restaurant Martin Wishart named in UK top 10

Martin Wishart at his restaurant at the Shore. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Martin Wishart at his restaurant at the Shore. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A LEADING city restaurant has been named among the best in Britain by a top travel review website.

Leith-based Restaurant Martin Wishart has made it into the top ten of the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the first time, reaching number nine.

The awards honour travellers’ favourite fine-dining establishments worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Martin Wishart, who opened the French restaurant 16 years ago, said he was “delighted” that it had been named in the top ten nationwide.

He said: “It is great to be recognised by such a powerful website.

“Lots of people look at 
TripAdvisor and use it as a guide for where to eat and where to stay. We also monitor TripAdvisor for guest experiences so we can improve things wherever possible.”

Wishart opened the restaurant in Leith with his wife, Cecile, in February 1999.

Since then it has become known as one of the UK’s most acclaimed dining venues, holding four AA rosettes and a score of eight out of ten in the Good Food Guide.

It gave Edinburgh its first Michelin star in 2001, an 
accolade that has been maintained every year since.

Following this success, Wishart established a sister restaurant at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond, which in turn received a Michelin star in 2011. His most recent venture is The Honours, a brasserie in the heart of the New Town.

In addition, Wishart co-ordinates private events under the Wishart’s Dining moniker and runs an apprenticeship scheme for young chefs.

He was voted AA Chef of the Year 2010-11 and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa for his outstanding culinary contribution to Scotland in 2013.

Explaining the success of his restaurant, Wishart said: “I think it’s the overall dining experience. It’s the fact that people celebrating a birth or anniversary or a graduation are provided with a memorable experience by the staff. It’s also about consistency.”

The restaurant has a seasonal menu, with regularly changing dishes including shellfish and vegetarian food.

It also offers a main meal consisting of six courses, allowing diners the chance to mix and change dishes.

James Kay, of TripAdvisor, said: “With three UK restaurants among the world top ten, this year’s awards prove that the UK does fine dining as well as any other country in the world.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com