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About At the Balmoral

Memorable flavours and world-class cuisine. A truly outstanding culinary experience, worthy of its Michelin star.


Opened in 1997 and first awarded a Michelin star in 2003, Number One offers contemporary dining coupled with world class Scottish hospitality. Head Chef Mark Donald and his team have developed a menu fusing modern Scottish cuisine with international flair.

Number One was named in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards as one of the Top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK and retains one Michelin star and four AA Rosettes.

Designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, the rich red lacquered walls in Number One are adorned by art in the form of a large format triptych print of a Scottish oak tree by Adam Ellis and artwork from the Royal College of Art in London. Standout design elements include striking dove grey wool banquettes with golden yellow leather accents, elegant Lyndon Albany chairs with distinctive button backs and solid timber oak flooring throughout the restaurant.

Our Team

  • Head Chef Mark Donald

    Head Chef Mark Donald and his team of 13 chefs have developed a menu fusing modern Scottish cuisine with international flair. Mark joins Number One, named after the hotel’s iconic address 1 Princes Street, from Sydney, Australia where he was Head Chef at Bentley Restaurant and Bar. Prior to this he worked at a number of internationally renowned two Michelin star establishments including senior roles at Claude Bosi’s flagship Hibiscus restaurant in London and at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles in Perthshire. Mark also spent a significant stage at Noma in Copenhagen – the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant at that time.

  • Front of House Emma Lonie & Sarah Dalgleish

    Restaurant Manager Emma Lonie and Deputy Restaurant Manager Sarah Dalgleish, oversee the front of house operations at Number One. Together with their team, Emma and Sarah's passion in creating the best dining experience is displayed through the true Scottish hospitality delivered to each diner.

In full support of government guidance, Number One will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Reservation enquiries may be made online or via The Balmoral Reservations Team:
0131 556 2414

We look forward to welcoming you back.