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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
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Ranked #405 of 1,857 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $81
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had our anniversary meal here, and it was lovely. Great menu, great food and great service. I want to go back.

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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

For a place with a supposedly great reputation, is is almost as though this place is resting on their laurels. For a first-time visitor, we found the menu to be somewhat limited and a little pricey...but to be fair they do have a fixed price option. If you are strictly a 'beer and burgers' type or a 'meat and potatoes'... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Bought my fiance here while visiting Edinburgh for her birthday. Couldn't fault anything. You want good food, you pay good money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Saw this place a few months ago and decided i had to go for dinner sometime. It didn't disappoint. Top class restaurant. We had a table for 2 and were looked after very well for duration of the meal and we didn't feel hurried. Food was gorgeous, service superb - attentive but not intrusive, napkins placed on lap etc. Expensive,... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We managed to book a table around 9:45 pm, although it was very busy due to the Rydercup. Wonderful interior. Excellent service and food. The winelist contains many outstanding wines at very high prices, but there is also a "popular" list with good wines at reasonable prices. A place to visit when in Edinburgh but make reservations early!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Witchery is an amazing place - not a hotel, it's described as a "restaurant with rooms" - and those rooms are just stunning! We stayed in the Turret suite - wonderful, great views, gothic and cocoon-like, we didn't really want to leave it! Leave it we did though, and dined in the main restaurant. Diners should be aware that... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

My partner and I had lunch here last weekend. The food was delicious for both of us - as a vegetarian, I had some lovely choices and really enjoyed the beets starter. I also had the heritage tomato tart, which I really enjoyed, and my partner loved her salmon starter and skate main course. We had visited The Kitchin in... More

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Portland, Oregon
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54 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is a very up-scale eating establishment just down the hill on the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. The prices make you think that they are still feeding the Kings and Queens of Scotland, and they may well be. Having said that, the food was outstanding, the service delightful, and we were only here for a lunch snack. Still, $US120... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed that we arrived 10 minutes early for our booking and were asked to go away and come back, but still, it was in August and on a Saturday night. It also shows the popularity of the place. It is small and intimate, and possibly the prettiest restaurant ever. I highly recommend this restaurant. Of course, it is... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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47 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Looking for an authentic Edinburgh Castle eating spot for lunch after visiting the castle. Just down the street from the castle, catering to the tourist trade. Very nicely appointed facility. Very good service and nice menu, but fairly pricey.

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