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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere!

Was there for my birthday, had to book as the Restaurant is always full; the place is awesome: it has a posh, medieval atmosphere that makes it stand out among the other restaurants. Right by the Castle, with dark massive wood tables, chairs and ceiling, impeccable waiters and a great selection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We were very much looking forward to this visit due to the number of good reviews and recommendations. We were left disappointed. Each course was a let down. My starter (scallops) were under cooked, my main course (venison) was tasteless and had what I can only describe as raw pumpkin on the plate. It was rock solid. I complained eventually... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Was there for my birthday, had to book as the Restaurant is always full; the place is awesome: it has a posh, medieval atmosphere that makes it stand out among the other restaurants. Right by the Castle, with dark massive wood tables, chairs and ceiling, impeccable waiters and a great selection of wines, it offers a sophisticated menu; the food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is a favourite of mine. Did not fail to disappoint on my most recent visit with a small goup of friends, all of whom loved the dark magical gorgeousness of the surroundings. Dining from all three menus - pre theatre, table d'hote and a la carte - the food was yummy. Small niggle was the sense of being hassled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent restaurant for a delicious fine dining meal in a romantic setting. The waiting staff could not have been more helpful and the food could not have been more delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We had our wedding breakfast there in 1995 and its still crazyily superb after all these years. We've just had another truly memorable dinner twenty years later; fantastic food, service that was spot-on and attentive without being over fussy or pretentious in a spectacular setting. Have the selection of desserts, it finished off one of the best meals that I've... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Delicious food great service and a traditional ambience that will leave you feeling like you've just had a meal on the set of game of thrones!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I organised this restaurant months in advance as our special night out in Scotland and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service was also. Very quirky surroundings as I loved the gothic feel. You won't be disappointed and make sure you book before you go as they have a great online booking system.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The food is very good, overpriced, but very good. However, the passion fruit and mascarpone trifle is the best dessert I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. (I hope the following is not edited out) This dessert is an orgasmic experience for the taste buds. The service is excellent; the waitstaff is attentive without being overbearing and is very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Organised meal by friends for my birthday and from sitting down to leaving I enjoyed every second. It is a little on the dear side, but it was a special occasion so treat yourself. 4 of us ate like kings with a couple bottles of wine, beers and cocktails and I think it all came to around £220. The staff... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Self explaintory. Out of this world cool and interesting. Exceptionally great waitstaff, some of the best and most prompt service I received in my travel to Scotland. Although I can not remember in particular what I ate at the Witchery, I do remember the tartar and it was superb!

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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 76
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, 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.