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The Witchery by the Castle

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Old Town
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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Negative reports stopped me booking before we left home. When we arrived we called in to look & booked, apart from a hick up with that we were really glad we tried. Setting, staff and most of all food was so worth it. Not the cheapest meal but so glad we went. If your looking for something really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Negative reports stopped me booking before we left home. When we arrived we called in to look & booked, apart from a hick up with that we were really glad we tried. Setting, staff and most of all food was so worth it. Not the cheapest meal but so glad we went. If your looking for something really special then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having dined here before, I booked this meal for a friends 50th as we were visiting Edinburgh. I pre ordered a bottle of champagne which was waiting for us upon arrival which got our night of to a fantastic start. All the staff were polite, friendly and knowledgeable regarding the food and wine menus. As for the food it's self... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It was raining cats and dogs upon arrival at the restaurant. Our coats were removed. 10 seconds later, we were shown down the steps to our table. The opposite side of the wall from us had a tapestry that had faded over the years with the sun. It’s French and it's over 200 years old. No one seems to know... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I have eaten before at the Witchery but wanted to try the Secret Garden - we walked in off the street and were plesently surprised to get a table for a late lunch. The decor is just beautiful, lovely setting and the service was flawless. Definitely somewhere that you should visit at least once. We went for the lunch menu... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We had the three course fixed meal for £35 each and a bottle of the house red. The food arrived and was well presented, the taste(s) from each plate were fantastic, even the cheese dish had the best stilton I've ever tasted. The service was impeccable and a real treat, we didn't feel as if we were being rushed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

lovely set meal at £35.00 per head for 3 courses. The choice was very limited but everything was cooked and presented very nicely. Surroundings a bit wooden and sterile but we has a nice private alcove in the Secret Garden. Think this should be for special occasions.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

A destination restaraunt as I'm sure it must be described in the various Tokyo/Bejing to Edinburgh eating guides, is as cynical an explotation of a stunning location and building you are likely to find. Save the unsuspecting asian tourist, this a monument to style over substance that your savvy and local diner should avoid.. From in character frosty waiting staff... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We have just returned from a weekend in edinburgh for our 25 wedding anniversary. We had a dinner reservation for 7.30, we arrived at 7pm and were greeted by the maître d who was very friendly and not at all rude as many people have claimed, we were taken into dinning room and offered a corner table, yes the dinning... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The food was excellent although the 65 page wine list had very few wines under £100. The lighting was entirely by candle which made it a bit too dark. Major complaint was the staff. Starting with the wait at the doorway whilst our table was prepared and then the poor quality of table service. The staff were not very friendly... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Reading some of the reviews on here I wonder if I was at the same place. Came here with family for a treat during our recent edinburgh visit. Absolutely stunning restaurant which made what followed even more of a disappointment. A couple of us struggled with choices from the menu, everything was very mash heavy, we were told that they... More 

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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 0 - 74
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions

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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Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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.