Number One, The Balmoral
“Opulent cooking in a former grand station hotel” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Red-jacketed porters no longer meet The Balmoral’s guests off the trains in Waverley Station, but modern guests can’t really find fault with the luxury on offer at this magnificent Edinburgh landmark, formerly the British Transport Hotel and now named after its address on Princes Street. Lavish public areas have as much marble and fancy plasterwork as anyone could wish for, and the Number One dining room looks classy with its oak flooring offset by dove-grey banquettes, striking artworks and immaculately presented tables in plenty of space. It is now only open at dinner and offers some of the best and most consistent food that the city has to offer. Gary Robinson is the new exec chef, with Mark Donald as head chef creating quality produce with great thought and imagination given to the dishes and their presentation. It’s all backed by a heavyweight wine list and a knowledgeable, pitch-perfect service team.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Dinner served from: 17.00
- Dinner served until: 20.00
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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