Originally named the North British in 1902 when it first opened, Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral was later renamed, meaning “majestic dwelling” in Gaelic.
Acclaimed as one of the great railway hotels, porters in red jackets used to meet guests off the train at Waverley Station in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they would be escorted to the station hall and into an elevator directly up the hotel reception.
The Balmoral has welcomed countless guests of fame over its 114 years, notably including the likes of Sophia Loren, Paul McCartney, Edward Heath and Harold Wilson. However, it was the late Queen Mother who was a regular for lunch and it’s said that her favourite meal was plain roast lamb.
Boasting one of Edinburgh’s finest restaurant’s, the aptly named Number One restaurant has held its Michelin Star now for 14 years under the direction of Executive Chef Jeff Bland. It underwent full refurbishment last year and at the same time Restaurant Director Gary Quinn was recognised at the Scottish Hotel Awards as Restaurant Manager of the year.
This is a hotel that places great importance in its people and the customer it serves, its style, gastronomy and the cultural city on its landmark of a doorstep.
For meetings and events in a hotel of classic effortless luxury in a city of historic and cultural depth, you could do well to find out more of what The Balmoral has to offer from Rocco Forte Hotels at inVOYAGE 2016.