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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 #426 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Ive been lucky to have been to The Witchery several times over the last 20 odd years.It was my wifes 50th so we booked a table in The Secret Garden part of the restaurant.We were also joined by local friends so covered a good deal of the menu between us.Happy to report that standards of both food and service remain... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We have dined with a group of ten by booking weeks ahead. It is great with decoration and nice staff but took ages for the food to come. At the end we were too tired and sleepy to enjoy the food.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our lunch here was perfectly pleasant. I had the pea veloutee followed by the lobster mac and cheese and my boyfriend had some smoked salmon followed by steak. We shared a bottle of rose. The food was good, but not amazing. The service was attentive, but the food was slow to come out. It was really just a very average,... More

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163 reviews 163 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went to the Secret Garden for lunch following a visit to Edinburgh Castle. I had previously eaten in the Secret Garden a few years back and had enjoyed it. I hadn’t book so was pleasantly surprised that they had a table for 2 at 1.30 no waiting we were just shown to our table. The Secret Garden is a... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Sadly I find myself writing my first negative review for TripAdvisor and unfortunately it appears that it will not be acknowledged by The Witchery but at least I hope to be able to ward others from making the same mistake I did which was to make a reservation here. My partners parents were coming to Edinburgh for the first time... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our family of three dined in the Secret Garden room and had an amazing time! The ambiance of the room is wonderful and the waitstaff was very attentive. The food was delicious, especially the lobster bisque and sea scallops. It's definitely a pricey place, but if you're looking for a special occasion restaurant in Edinburgh I would highly recommend it!

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting food - not the run of the mill. Expensive, but worth it for the setting and the history.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The inside dining room is very nice. We had a reservation and were sat immediately. I was expecting the restaurant to be expensive and was disappointed. The disappointment was the quality of the food for the price. We started out with oysters rockerfeller. This appetizer was ok..not very good...not excellent. The oysters appeared to be of good quality but small.... More

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Manchester
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My partner and I visited the Secret Garden for dinner at the weekend. I had previously eaten in the Witchery and so was really looking forward to taking him to this Edinburgh institution at the top of the Royal Mile. The Secret Garden itself was a stunning setting. A beautiful dining room entirely candle lit and with tapestries and great... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was the first time We have visited the restaurant. Bearing in mind the reputation we had high expectations. After waiting for 45 minuets for the starters the waiters only response was a sigh ' it'll just be a minute'. In fairness starters were tasty however the sea food plater main was terrible. Lobster had to be sent back as... More

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