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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 #419 of 1,836 restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $85
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Went to the witchery on Sunday, and chose a starter and main from a la carte menu. So disappointed! The clever description of the Arran beets might be to disguise the tasteless flavour they had, which I found difficult to eat , I was so hungry I did, no idea where the hazelnuts came into it, as for the yellow... More

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Old Saybrook, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We last ate here 5 yrs ago and had an absolutely magical experience for dinner. Since I was on my own today, I stopped by for a nice lunch. Maybe it's because I was solo, but the magic wasn't the same. Though the staff treated me well, the place looks a little worn. Now that's fine for the castle but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place is fantastic, it really is a beautiful restaurant. The service is excellent and the food is fabulous, not at all pretentious. The wine list is very extensive but caters for all budgets. We went for the lunch time menu and we were not disappointed, the waiting staff were informative about the food on the menu which was most... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A few years ago I would have rated this as being the best in Edinburgh but based upon our latest visit where we went to 3 high end restaurants on 3 evenings it came third based upon the quality of food, friendliness & knowledge of staff & the somelier. Do not get me wrong - the food is still very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Turned up half hour late. My own fault. Not rechecking booking. In two minutes the staff found my sister and myself a table on the terrace, which was just right for a sunny evening pre concert at the castle. The food as usual was excellent, served by the most pleasant and attentive staff you will ever meet. Thanks to all... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I am reluctant to write this review but our recent experience to this once favourite restaurant was such a disappointment for us and our overseas visitors that I feel that it is warranted. It was a special occasion for our group of overseas visitors but the service, standard of food and attitude of some of the staff was most definitely... More

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Wroughton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went there for lunch, the food, the service was excellent. The wine was great. The bottled water was the best ever. I would go the again and again. Only bad point is the Edinburgh is so far away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

For me each trip is also a culinary experience. We went twice to the Witchery by the Castle. First time for lunch . We had one of the menus . The food was good and also the atmosphere. Nothing special, but well presented. Second time we went for dinner. We made a mistake to go back. Now I understand why... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I should have guessed before we ate that there would be issues. Tried to book for 6.15 but told they were full. However arrive on spec at 6.20 as it was raining! Amazed it was half full at most and remained so until we left. When i asked the head waiter he lied that previous patrons had eaten quickly! Orders... More

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had dinner with our two friends that were guests of the hotel The Witchery, which is gorgeous. In the dining room we were beyond spoiled and indulged in fine fare and wine. My wife enjoyed the fancy haggis and I personally loved the lamb, scallops, and beet salad. The sample dessert dish was heavenly.

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