The Balmoral at the east end of Princes Street has been an Edinburgh icon for more than a century. It has various options for food & drink, but Number One remains its Michelin-starred flagship, long supervised by executive chef Jeff Bland. The restaurant has its own entrance down some steps from street level, & it feels fairly timeless with lacquered wall panelling & formally attired waiting staff – although the menu is modern French, with local ingredients playing an important part. Scallops from Scotland’s west coast might be paired with apple, Ibérico ham & chorizo crumb, while Aberfoyle beef could be served with pommes Anna, a veal sweetbread parcel & Madeira jus. To finish, Gariguette strawberries with chocolate & pink peppercorn croustillant is in tune with prevailing theme. The Balmoral also offers a tasting menu & a mighty wine list, all helping to create one of the country’s premier dining experiences.