Number One, The Balmoral

“Classy cooking in a grand setting” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

EDINBURGH, EDINBURGH

Official Rating
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Awards
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Named after its address on Princes Street, Number One was once the British Transport Hotel for guests arriving at nearby Waverley Station. This magnificent Edinburgh landmark still exudes luxury, from the elegant public areas with their marble and ornate plasterwork to the classy Number One dining room with its oak flooring offset, dove-grey banquettes and striking artworks. Spacious with immaculately presented tables, it’s a fitting backdrop for the high quality cooking and exemplary service. The food is exciting and makes good use of high-end raw materials, as in an opulent starter of cured duck foie gras, pineapple and Périgord truffle. Fish is taken as seriously as thoroughbred Scottish meats, with a main course of North Sea cod, mushroom dashi and crispy chicken skin vying for attention alongside rare-breed Gaindykehead beef, watercress and alliums. Lemon sherbet soufflé, galangal and lemon slice makes for a light and refreshing finale.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
Number One, The Balmoral
1 Princes Street,EDINBURGH,EH2 2EQ

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 50
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: false
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

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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