survey result

Summary

£156
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef Matthew Sherry has now had a year at the flagship dining room of this Edinburgh landmark, which manages to be “incredibly grand and imposing” for somewhere in a windowless basement (“the tables are all so far away from each other!)”. Long known as one of Scotland’s foremost restaurants, ratings here haven’t skipped a beat despite Michelin having removed its star on the retirement of Jeff Bland. Service still “runs like clockwork”; and on the basis of the high-quality reports we receive (one such: “we have been for dinner twice in the last six months and had the seven-course set menu with matched wines both times… expensive but worth it”) the Tyre Man owes them their star back some time soon.

Summary

£134
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of Scotland's finest” – the “super club-like” basement of this landmark hotel has long been one of the city’s main culinary attractions, providing a splendid mix of sophisticated decor (especially given that it’s subterranean), alongside “excellent service, luxurious tasting menus and high-quality wines”. Former Northcote head chef Matthew Sherry took over at the stoves in 2021 and devised new three- and seven-course menus focused on Scottish produce.

Summary

£118
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still-fantastic food, service and a very special location” again win powerful support for this landmark hotel’s cosseting and sophisticated basement – long one of the city’s heaviest culinary hitters. And the arrival of new head chef Mark Donald – still under the hotel’s executive chef, Jeff Bland – has caused n’er a ripple in reports. Even a rare reporter who isn’t wowed by its luxurious below-ground setting feels “the excellent standards make it a worthwhile destination nonetheless”.

Summary

£118
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still-fantastic food, service and a very special location” again win powerful support for this landmark hotel’s cosseting and sophisticated basement – long one of the city’s heaviest culinary hitters. And the arrival of new head chef Mark Donald has caused n’er a ripple in reports. Even a rare reporter who isn’t wowed by its luxurious below-ground setting feels “the excellent standards make it a worthwhile destination nonetheless”.

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Have you eaten at Number One, Balmoral Hotel?

Owner's description

The Balmoral's 4 AA Rosette restaurant Number One offers modern dining coupled with world class Scottish hospitality. 

Step into Number One's glamorous dining room and sink into one of the dove grey wool banquettes. Contemporary art abounds on the lacquered red walls, from pieces lent by London's Royal College of Art, to Adam Ellis' stunning Scottish oak triptych.

The menus here are fashioned using seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from an exceptional list of trusted suppliers. Head Chef Mathew Sherry and his team have developed a menu with dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team's international travels.

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Dinner only 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £6.95
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

No trainers
50
5
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑9:30 pm
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday6 pm‑9:30 pm

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