Bar Prince

Bar Prince
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 557 5000
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat/Sun 12.30–10pm
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  • Website www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/…
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A comfortable and stylish bar linked to Brasserie Prince, with its own menu of classically French bar bites and elegant cocktails.

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It looks dark and imposing as you enter this prime spot within the Balmoral hotel, but Bar Prince has a surprisingly light and airy feel. The bar gleams with polished glassware, over fifty gins and a good selection of whiskies. Alain Roux designed the classically French menu and it’s prepared with carefully chosen local produce. Expect bouillabaisse, moules marinière or garlic snails and breaded frog’s legs – a fully Frenchy experience. A smoked salmon and halibut sharing platter is very generous for two and is complemented by a crisp glass of Venetian pinot grigio. Poached eggs meurette in a red wine sauce is deeply savoury with a caramelised onion and lardon base and service is attentive, without ever feeling overbearing. For a business lunch or champagne and oysters before you catch your train, Bar Prince is a relaxed, elegant choice.

The List's rating
7

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Ailsa Sheldon visited Bar Prince on 6 March 2019
  • High point: A sophisticated bar with a genial ambience
  • Low point: Five star hotel prices
  • Notable dish: Balmoral smoked salmon and halibut
  • Average price: £21 (lunch); £21 (dinner)
  • No. overnight rooms: 168
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: French jazz
  • Capacity: 121
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 28
  • House wine: £28 per bottle