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The Witchery by the Castle

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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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, 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
Lovely setting

We booked a table in the secret garden - and you do need to book. The setting is lovely, the service was attentive but not overly so, the wine list was extensive, and the food was very good (very good, not great - the scallops were rather bland). Two niggles - the White wine was served at room... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very good restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere. A little bit dark but is part of the ambient. Situated in the first part of the royal Mile. Friendly and very kind staff. It is not a cheap restaurant but it is a classic Edinburgh restaurant.

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Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great restaurant excellent food. Good service. Had dinner there following a show at the Castle. It was late at 10.30 but everything was excellent

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Edinburgh
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Mediocrity --- sullen staff - the only good thing was Roxy !!!! Bland food and boring ---- chef obviously needs to move on !!!!!

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ever want to feel what's it like to stay in a castle and feel like a member of the Royal Family? Stay at this place. This place is a 10! Pictures tell the story

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Aberdeen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is one of the best I have been to. From phoning for reservation to leaving after the meal the staff were very friendly, very professional and extremely efficient. I had friends/business colleagues from London with me and they were mightily impressed too. We had assistance and advice on the food and on the wine and when it was... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We booked a table in the secret garden - and you do need to book. The setting is lovely, the service was attentive but not overly so, the wine list was extensive, and the food was very good (very good, not great - the scallops were rather bland). Two niggles - the White wine was served at room temperature and... More 

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We have had two dining experiences at The Witchery. The first was a memorable, delicious meal served with style in 2008. The second time around this past July did not disappoint. Our orders whether salmon, hake, scallops, venison were perfectly prepared. The desserts - Belgian Chocolate Cheese Cake, Pistachio Cake with Rhubarb were sublime.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

After years of hearing how wonderful Thee Witchery was, I have just returned from an extremely mediocre meal with a primarily rude staff... The Witchery is beautiful and has a spectacular location. The minute you walk in, you feel as though you have entered a wonderful bygone era. Alas, everything else falls short. The servers have varying degrees of attitude,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

No pun intended here. The magic on my plate was in the form of a seabass and pot au feu combination which I would have ever imagined could taste this good. It was one of the most memorable fish dishes I've had.... And I place it up there with my recently reviewed dinner experience at Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was a must eat at restaurant, the combination of the castle like ambience and the fabulous menu made it a one of a kind dining experience.

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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 77
  • 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

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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.
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