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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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Exquisite modern cooking in a majestic hotel

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At a glance

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

In a city not short of a landmark building or two, The Balmoral is high on the status list, with the clock on its looming tower above Waverley station set three minutes fast to motivate those heading for a train. The imposing interior harks back to the days of the railway era, when a railway hotel was a grand beast indeed. The main dining option is the Number One restaurant, a classy space with dove-grey and gold banquettes and contemporary artworks on loan from the Royal College of Art on red lacquered walls. Jeff Bland has been executive chef for over a dozen years, with Brian Grigor leading the line at the stoves day-to-day, and together they deliver a creative and intelligent output that has a true sense of Scottish-ness. Begin with hand-dived scallops and peat-smoked haddock, or cured foie gras parfait with gingerbread and the contrasting sweet and acidic notes of hibiscus jelly, fresh apple and apple purée in a visually thrilling dish that reveals the kitchen's astute understanding of the balance of flavours and textures. Follow with wild turbot - a perfectly cooked piece of fish - partnered with the robust flavours of smoked bacon and oxtail ravioli, or the earthy satisfaction of Inverurie hogget, its loin, neck and belly served with baby gem lettuce, peas, mint and yogurt. For dessert, Brillat-Savarin cheesecake is another stunner, with poached rhubarb and blood orange to offset any richness. The wine list does justice to the wonderful food, as does the highly professional service team.

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Opening hours

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


  • Chef: Jeff Bland, Brian Grigor

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • 3-course dinner from: 80
  • Tasting menu from: 89
  • 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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