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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I never would have gone into this restaurant because the outside seemed a little touristy, but went on the recommendation of our B&B hosts. So glad we did! We didn't have a reservation, but they were able to find us a table.....probably because it was a little early for the dinner crowd. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This place is right outside the Edinburgh Castle doors so I should have expected some bad service BUT it is so gorgeous looking I really wanted to eat here anyway. We went without reservations but it was a Wednesday so we thought it might be a safe bet and with it raining all week, had hoped the crowds would be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I never would have gone into this restaurant because the outside seemed a little touristy, but went on the recommendation of our B&B hosts. So glad we did! We didn't have a reservation, but they were able to find us a table.....probably because it was a little early for the dinner crowd. It filled up quickly with reservations. Everything we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

lovely setting in the secret garden, however, the menu was pretty unexciting; the food was bland but expensive and their charges for pretty cheap, mediocre wine was extortionate. We were all disappointed and therefore would not return nor recommend.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Had the 3 course deal - very measly and bland starters and then... my main course had bacon or ham in it, which I don't eat for religious reasons. Normally places mention this on the menu. When I sent it back and asked for a replacement, the waiter told me about his father that was fussy with food too(!) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Fabulous experience - very atmospheric. Food was excellent and service extremely professional. A place to go for that special occasion - early booking recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

After missing our train to check out St. Andrews, my girlfriend and i had an open afternoon in Edinburgh. While our group of 8 couldn't get reservations for dinner, we were able to secure 2 for lunch when they opened. What an amazing lunch!! For two hours, we were wined and dined with fabulous food! We tried all we could... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice settings, although not as "wow" as expected. Took the 3 course dinner which unfortunately was a let down.. I am sure they could have been more imaginative yet still kept their costs down as I assume they were trying to hold back on. Very dry food, chicken over cooked. Dessert was a small trifle that, well, was no taste... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Everything about this restaurant was first class. From the moment we arrived to when we left we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine menu's and acted very professional at all times. Then when the food arrives everything goes up a few notches, the food is excellent, and may i... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I tend to rely heavily on reviews before booking somewhere new and special and although this was largely positive it didn't make the top 100. However, my wife visited here when she was younger 15 years ago and wanted to return with me. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary so it was a special occasion - something I made known... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Had a great meal and some really nice wine at a good price. The wine selection is very impressive. You must try.

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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: Special occasions, Romantic

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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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.
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