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The Witchery by the Castle

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Seafood, British, Scottish
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
0131-2255613
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh...
Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique setting, stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service combine to create memorable dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. The staff use the best of Scotland's produce including Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood. Nestled in the most historic part of the building, The Witchery dining room is rich, warm and atmospheric, with tapestries, mirrors and carvings hanging on oak-panelled walls. Spectacularly painted and gilded ceilings, similar to those at the Palace of Holyrood House, celebrate the links with France in the Auld Alliance, whilst much of the panelling was rescued from St Giles Cathedral and a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded antique leather screens, polished church candlesticks and opulent red leather seating complete the surroundings of this splendid dining location.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Old world charm

Celebrated my sisters birthday here, the place oozes charm through its oak panelling interior and gothic features and makes a memorable setting. The starters and mains were divne an decadent - lamb Wellington just sublime! The service is impeccable and nearly faultless. The only let down for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Went for a supper here with three others. Atmosphere and setting, fantastic. Getting there? Problematic, but not the fault of the restaurant. Our booking coincided with the Tattoo coming out, and none of the 'resistance is useless' security staff would let us take the staircase shortcut from Johnstone Terrace. No, for security crowd control reasons we had to go up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Celebrated my sisters birthday here, the place oozes charm through its oak panelling interior and gothic features and makes a memorable setting. The starters and mains were divne an decadent - lamb Wellington just sublime! The service is impeccable and nearly faultless. The only let down for this place is the desserts which were below par and were very average.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Loved the interior. Real atmosphere. Dinner was lovely but the main part of dinner was a bit small. Glad we had soup and bread to start to fill up. Had lunch in the lower conservatory the next day, haggis delicious! Setting lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We celebrated my partners birthday here while in Edinburgh some years back. It's opulent surroundings, good food - and wine, and terrific service made it a memorable occasion. It is expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Our family had called the restaurant from NZ and ordered a bottle of champagne to be delivered to the table - which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We booked 4 weeks in advance and could only get a 9.30 booking and we thought it was too late, however the secret garden is candle lit so the darker it is the more romantic it is. Stunning food, stunning service. The lamb Wellington was gorgeous x

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

TheWitchery is a beautiful place! Dark and cozy with an amazing ambiance. However, the food was average at best, and extremely overpriced.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful space! Lovely restaurant with impeccable service and quality dishes prepared and presented elegantly. It may be a bit pricey, but worth every penny. A dining experience in a historic structure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went to the restaurant a few times over the years. As a student and backpacker I never would have thought I could afford such a lavish place to eat in Edinburgh however, their theatre dinners and tastings are VERY reasonable for what you get and WELL WORTH IT!!!! It is a place I continue to include on my 'must do'... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Book One Restaurant And Get Another... Looking forward to our dinner at The Tower Restaurant above The Museum, we were bemused to receive an apologetic 'phone call reassigning us to this place, as The Tower was "flooded". Well, for some reason - based on no evidence, I should add - I had always looked on The Witchery as Tourist Rip-Off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We ate in the secret garden on a evening, great service and great food. Wine list is extensive, could maybe do with a little more choice on the menu but that was my only gripe.

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Additional Information about The Witchery by the Castle

Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131-2255613
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $78
Cuisine: Seafood, British, Scottish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 0131-2255613

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $78
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique setting, stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service combine to create memorable dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. The staff use the best of Scotland's produce including Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood. Nestled in the most historic part of the building, The Witchery dining room is rich, warm and atmospheric, with tapestries, mirrors and carvings hanging on oak-panelled walls. Spectacularly painted and gilded ceilings, similar to those at the Palace of Holyrood House, celebrate the links with France in the Auld Alliance, whilst much of the panelling was rescued from St Giles Cathedral and a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded antique leather screens, polished church candlesticks and opulent red leather seating complete the surroundings of this splendid dining location.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.