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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131-2255613
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Ranked #392 of 1,899 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $78
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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Edinburgh Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Was taken as a birthday treat by my godson also to celebrate his dad's birthday this is a lovely place with great ambience. The staff could not have been more helpful and eager to give the best service. Menu had a good choices fish, meat and vegetarian options and we were told of the content of the dishes in case... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I had heard several people talking about " The Witchery" in the past few years and always wanted to try it, so as I had a milestone birthday this week my husband suggested we should go. My family had organised a family gathering for the evening so we decided to go for lunch that day. I found the whole experience... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The Witchery has been on our list of restaurants to visit in Edinburgh and it seemed the perfect choice when going to see Wicked, the musical. The Garden room is enchanting with a fantastic ambience, lovely decor and christmas decorations. However on pursuing the menu I could find nothing i wanted to eat, within a choice of 3 menu's, Pre-Theatre,... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We were in the secret garden restaurant. As i currently have difficulty on stairs the waiter helped me to my seat which was a nice touch. The food was very nice although not unbelievable. The setting was very nice with candles and french doors out tot he (at the time stormy) garden. It was a cosy restaurant and the wild... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Credit where credit is due ! I can safely say I have never eaten anywhere like the witchery. My boyfriend and I got a table in the secret garden and it was absolutely beautiful. They have no electric lights here just candlelight so it is a lovely romantic setting especially with the enchanting gothic decor. To start I got the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Ate there on a Saturday night as a treat from our kids who had purchased an " indulgent champagne dinner for 2" on a voucher which had a value of £190.00. We were shown to a table in a corner with a screen on one side so my view was my wife and hers was me! Offered water on arrival,... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We ate here 2 years ago and thought we would go back as we were visiting the area and enjoyed the food we had last time… Unfortunately this time was very different… Lobster bisque was tasteless and my pork chops were just that… dry and very boring and very expensive! it was such a shame as we were really looking... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is really a special place and a real treat. A colleague of mine recommended it warmly, but I was afraid it could be a kind of tourist trap as it is also recommended in many blogs and travel books.It's not the case. The main dish (veal) and the wine were excellent. The waiters were polite, even if they relaxed... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Visited this restaurant yesterday for a wedding anniversary treat and a treat it was. We decided against the more formal main witchery restaurant and went for the more romantic, candle lit secret garden. Started off with champagne and then Shiraz drinks wise and went for the festive menu. This was light, fresh and extremely well cooked. The service was exceptional... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A 'Foot trade' passing by , could not resist (I love history :>) so booked : yes, yes my husband being a Kiwi is a 'cheap skate' :>) :>) so we did the Pre-Theatre dinner menu. Setting of restaurant is wonderful ; Service great ; Food excellent (and filling too :>) Wine Selection to die for - finally chose a... More 

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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>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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 0 - 78
Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish, British

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