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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Opulent cooking in a grand station hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

City travellers arriving by train once expected rather more of a railway hotel than another high-rise branch of one of the budget chains. And when they did, the Balmoral is pretty much what they got. It sits in state at one end of Princes Street, a short stumble from Waverley station, sentinelled by kilted doormen, and secreting within a series of glamorous public spaces that have been impressively maintained, culminating in the Number One dining room, where crimson walls crowded with small prints are offset by seating in primrose and grey. Executive chef Jeff Bland and head chef Brian Grigor oversee a menu of unashamedly opulent grand-hotel cooking, but with regional roots and more than a splash of modern panache too. A hand-dived Dingwall scallop in cock-a-leekie with prune ketchup might set the ball rolling, or it may be a bowl of satiny wild garlic velouté with morels, adorned with crisped ox tongue and chicken tortellini. What follows might be a classy combination of lemon sole and Peelham ham with white asparagus in beurre blanc, or perhaps a more loin-girding meat dish, such as fillet of Scotch beef with its hay-cooked short rib, aubergine, and bone-marrow fondant. Gentle dessert textures favour mousses and pannacottas, perhaps a combination of Amedei chocolate and buttermilk, respectively, in a productive partnership with mango and mint, or there may be vanilla soufflé with poached rhubarb and almond ice cream. A glance at the protean cheese trolley seems only polite, as does a little exploration of the authoritative wine list.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in January
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Jeff Bland, Brian Grigor

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 350
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: NCP and on street

Additional information

  • Seats: 60

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Follow city-centre signs. Hotel at east end of Princes Street, adjacent to Waverley Station

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