Number One

Number One
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 557 6727
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 6–10pm during the summer and December
  • Food served Mon–Thu 6.30–9.45pm; Fri–Sun 6–9.45pm.
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Number One

The finest of dining in what must surely be Edinburgh’s most luxurious location.

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As you descend the stairs from the clamour of Princes Street to the tranquil, rarefied atmosphere of Number One, the contrast could hardly seem greater. With its timelessly classy décor and acres of space between tables, it’s immediately apparent that this is no ordinary dining experience. Scotland is at the heart of the menu but they’re not afraid to cast further afield for inspiration; a starter of succulent Borders roe deer is served with pickled kohlrabi and a full-flavoured main of two cuts of Whitmuir pork comes with Medjool dates. Desserts include a delicious, light-as-air vanilla soufflé with poached rhubarb and there’s the option of pairing whiskies with the cheese selection. There’s a flourish of showmanship right at the end when a trolley, piled high with petits fours, is wheeled to your table; each one a tiny work of art. As you might expect from an establishment awarded a Michelin star for 15 consecutive years, the wine list is comprehensive and can more than keep up with your credit card limit.

  • High point: Food, service and ambience are all outstanding
  • Low point: An experience like this inevitably comes at a price
  • Notable dish: Balmoral smoked salmon
  • Average price: £75 (4 courses)

Set beneath a magnificent clock tower, The Balmoral Hotel is an elegantly cosmopolitan five-star hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's bustling Princes Street. Number One restaurant offers a refined dining experience, with a Michelin-starred menu that emphasises local produce in a creative display of Scottish cooking. Plush curved booths and well-spaced tables offer discretion and intimacy in understated and upmarket surroundings.

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  • Private dining: 35 (90 for exclusive/private use)
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz and modern classical
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
  • House wine: £30 per bottle

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