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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 #414 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $81
Hours:
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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The food and setting was superb however we ordered the Haggis starter and was told this would take about 15 mins to order which we were happy to wait for. Sadly 35 mins later we were still waiting and although initially offered bread shortly after placing our order no one came back over to check on us or apologise for... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I've visited a couple of times before but feel it's got a little complacent over recent years. The amazing ambience and decor cannot be faulted. But I've paid less for michelin star food and this was way off that mark. Nice but not that nice. I don't think top restaurant prices should carry a tourist premium like everything else in... More

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Tetbury, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Talk about enchanting so when we asked our Steve Jones at Travel Counsellors where we should eat for a special occasion of 30 years married he went off to his network and came back with a number of suggestions but this came top of the list. So we went there and well it was worth every penny and more, the... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere and setting was first class, the serving staff very attentive so we had very high hopes for our dining experience, however we were very disappointed. We ordered from the table D' Hote menu. Scallops to start and whilst they were cooked nicely, half the accompaniments were missing. Next we both went for the flat iron borders steak. PLEASE... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We booked a table as a special treat and we weren't disappointed. The service was attentive but they weren't pushy and we didn't feel rushed. When we first looked at the menu we were both a little disappointed that the choice seemed a little limited and there didn't seem to be anything 'special' on the menu. Wrong... The menu may... More

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Craigavon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the Old Rectory suite and ate that evening in the Witchery Restaurant. The atmosphere in both the room & the restaurant was magical. We were very lucky to have been served dinner by the lovely Blair - an extremely friendly waiter who had a great sense of humour & gave us welcomed advice on what food to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wasn't sure once we were seated that my kids were going to enjoy it....they did! Food was amazing and service was very professional. Loved it!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I ate here last week with a girlfriend and was totally blown away by the service and the food. It was faultless. We were waited on, without being pushed, ate at our own leisure and was not disappointed in any aspect. We had the three course set menu for £35.00 per person. I've already booked to go back in December!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We have dined at The Witchery back in August. It is a lovely restaurant with an amazing food. The food menu is however quite limited but the wine list has 100 pages! (Not that it has bothered me, I love wine!) . That night the restaurant was full, we were squashed in to a corner table with little space and... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Enchanting place, superb service, excellent setting. We ate at the Secret Garden Room and have had a memorable experience. The menu had many new flavors and the quality of the food was excellent. I wishit would have been lit just a tad more...overall I have liked it a lot !

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