About At the Balmoral
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 with dishes inspired by Scotland and flavoured by the team’s international travels.
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.
Head Chef Mark Donald
Head Chef Mark Donald oversees a team of 13 chefs in Number One and has created an innovative menu inspired by Scotland and flavoured by his and the team’s international travels. 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.
Senior Sous Chef Chris O'Connor
Senior Sous Chef Chris O'Connor joined Number One in December 2014. Originally from Kerry, Ireland, Chris previously worked with Martin Wishart for 4 years, spending time at The Honours before moving to Cameron House.
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.