As proud supporters of the Slow Food UK movement, top Edinburgh restaurant Cafe St Honoré are celebrating Slow Food UK Week 2012 (18 – 24 June) with a week-long special menu and a unique whisky supper in collaboration with Highland Park single malt whisky.


Whisky Supper – Wednesday 20 June

Scottish Chef of the Year 2011, Neil Forbes, has created a menu using the very best Scottish produce, matching each course with an expression of Highland Park single malt whisky.  On the night diners will also experience a special tasting from one of Highland Park’s experts.


Neil Forbes, the Chef Director of Cafe St Honoré, is a member of the recently-formed Slow Food UK Chef Alliance which, in partnership with Highland Park whisky, is engaging Britain’s chefs in actively supporting the aims of Slow Food UK, by championing small-scale producers and sustainably-sourced quality produce. 


Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director for Highland Park commented:  “Our partnership with Slow Food UK has gone from strength to strength with more than 50 chefs now members of the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance. What better way to celebrate Slow Food UK Week than by joining forces with top chefs such as Neil to showcase first class local produce that is very much in line with Highland Park’s own values of promoting a passion for flavour and craftsmanship.”


Slow Food UK Week Menu

As well as the whisky supper, Cafe St Honoré will run a special Slow Food UK menu throughout the week featuring dishes made using ‘Ark of Taste’ ingredients.  Slow Food UK is helping to preserve Britain’s food heritage by encouraging members to choose small-scale quality produce threatened by industrial agriculture, environmental degradation and homogenization.  These products are often at risk of extinction and by raising awareness they may be rediscovered and returned to the market.


Neil Forbes commented:  “As much as possible we source all our ingredients from small, independent producers.  Not only do I believe this food tastes better, but it plays an important part in supporting the UK economy.  Our menus reflect what’s available throughout the seasons, even to the extent that we develop dishes based on what our suppliers have a surplus of that week.  The Slow Food philosophy makes so much sense, and we do our best to share it with our diners.”



Notes to Editors


Whisky Supper – Wednesday 20 June – 7pm

Cafe St Honoré, 34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh EH2 1EA

Tickets cost £35 per person can be reserved by calling Cafe St Honoré on 0131 2262211 or by emailing


Slow Food Week menu

This special menu will be available for lunch and dinner between 18 – 24 June inclusive.

One course £11.50

Two courses £15.50

Three courses £19.50


Neil Forbes –

Neil grew up in a family of chefs in the Highland town of Pitlochry.  He has since worked alongside some of the world’s great chefs including Raymond Blanc and Michael Roux.  In 2011, Neil was named Scottish Chef of the Year at the acclaimed Scottish Restaurant Awards and he was particularly praised for his use of Scottish seasonal produce of which he is an avid promoter.  Neil is a member of the Slow Food UK’s Chef Alliance and works closely with them and Slow Food Edinburgh to help spread the word on ‘good, clean and fair’ food.  Neil regularly demonstrates his skills at a broad range of events across the UK as well as appearing on BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe.


Highland Park -

Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world.  For over 200 years, the distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its range of 12, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 40 year old single malts is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs and experts. Highland Park has won a string of prestigious awards across its portfolio, most recently including ‘best new whisky release of the year 2009’ for its 40-year-old single malt and ‘best whisky in the world 2009’ for its 21-year-old expression in the World Whisky Awards, as well as four double gold awards in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009.  Please enjoy our brand responsibly:


Slow Food UK - 

Slow Food is all about helping people think differently about food.  In the UK, they work to reconnect people with where their food comes from so they can better understand the implications of the choices they make about the food they put on their plates. They encourage people to choose nutritious food, from sustainable, local sources, and which tastes great.  Slow Food UK is a non-profit organisation, supported by members and donations.  To become a Slow Food member, company supporter, or find out more about our education programmes go to or call 020 7099 1132.


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