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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 #420 of 1,918 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $75
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Another stellar lunch. Wonderful partridge and scallops. Great wine. And very helpful and personable staff. Thank you all so much. Always a treat. Always a delight.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I need to explain that I use tripadisor for useful information but never have I felt the need to write a review, until now. Having stayed in the Witchery last year (for a friends birthday) and after having had a great week-end last year, we all thought that we would do the same again the following year!........... What a difference... More 

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Leek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We visit this restaurant whenever we're fortunate enough to visit Edinburgh, however our latest visit was special as it was to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. As always the food was superb and the service faultless, the candle light creates a fantastic ambience and all of this together results in a very special experience. This is our favourite restaurant in... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Visited for burns night, the food and drink was very good a little pricey but well worth the money. Very vast wine list so ordered different wines for courses as too many lovely wines to just have by the bottle.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We ate in the Secret Garden, a beautiful, gothic room lit romantically with candles. This is where the good bit ends. The man taking coats and checking people in was too busy listening to people on his walkie talkie rather than paying attention to guests. Once seated we were asked if we wanted a drink but not offered a wine... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I have heard so many things about The Witchery and although it is near the castle, I was hoping that they have not fallen into the category where they charge extortionate tourist price for mediocre food quality. Unfortunately, they have. I ordered the steak tartare as the starter. Presentation was great but I thought it lacked seasoning. Of all the... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Went here Saturday 24th with 3 friends for dinner. Setting is wonderful. Wish I could say the same about the service. Our waiter unfortunately was useless. I asked what soup they had. I opted for one he mentioned, his answer was, oh, that one is only available at lunch time. Why tell me about it then ?! Then I ordered... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Amazing location although very cramped. Our expectations of the food and overall dining experience were high, however sadly we were disappointed. The food was not as stunning as the location, in fact middle of the road. Quality of service was good as you would expect, but just not a magical experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Perfect location, interesting and unique setting. Went in for a quick lunch after a visit to the castle. Since it was around 3 pm all we wanted was lunch. The staff at the entrance were clearly informed that we would like lunch. After being seating and after ordering hot beverages, we found out that one main meal per person had... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Ate with friends in Secret Garden. Beautiful setting. Food good, service poor, by any standard. Waiter offered an option, which then turned out to be a lunch option, not a dinner one. Forgot to ask friend how steak was to be cooked (and then got it wrong), and forgot the side for my wife until she had finished her dinner.... More 

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Additional Information about The Witchery by the Castle

Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131-2255613
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 75
Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish, British

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