Number One, The Balmoral
“Consistently excellent dining in renowned Edinburgh institution” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The Balmoral Hotel is a long-established luxurious Edinburgh landmark, with impressive public areas, all marble and ornate plasterwork. The classy Number One dining room is spacious, and the immaculately presented tables, beautiful dove grey banquettes with yellow buttoned backs and matching cushions, and red-lacquered walls hung with contemporary artworks provide a fitting backdrop for the extremely high-quality cooking and exemplary, dedicated service. The food is without doubt amongst the best and most consistent the city has to offer. A great deal of thought and imagination is given to the dishes, which are as delightful to look at they are to eat – a good example being a starter of hand-dived Orkney scallop, leek and smoked roe. A main course could be tender Inverurie lamb, artichoke, Jersey Royals and wild garlic, then perhaps a selection of artisan chesses or a summertime dessert of Scottish strawberry, vanilla and fraises du bois.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 50
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- 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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