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The Witchery by the Castle

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Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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/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
Most recent review
Wonderful Fine Dining in Unique Surroundings.

As part of a long weekend break we indulged ourselves with dinner at the Witchery. The beautiful old building is stunning and enhanced by dining by candlelight. The food was very well presented, of high quality and complemented by a superb wine list. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
FitzMK
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

As part of a long weekend break we indulged ourselves with dinner at the Witchery. The beautiful old building is stunning and enhanced by dining by candlelight. The food was very well presented, of high quality and complemented by a superb wine list. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly at the same time. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

An obnoxious and argumentative Maitre D, shockingly poor food and ridiculously overpriced wine. Such a shame in a beautiful setting.

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Totnes
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Stepping through the entrance to this wonderful restaurant was a delight for the senses, being lit with fairy lights and scented with hyacinths. We ate in the Secret Garden, the steps down to which were lit by candles. We loved the oak panelling, pewter candlesticks, velvets, fresh flowers, tapestries and cosy, romantic feel. Food was sublime, the Lobster Bisque and... More 

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was tied with the best meal we had in Scotland. The ambiance and staff make this place feel very 'festive' for lack of a better word. While a very nice restaurant you can get away w jeans if you have in a nice top and not tennis shoes. The waitstaff is quite accommodating and the food very good. We... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Had a very nice pre-theatre dinner at the very atmospheric Witchery restaurant last week. Food was lovely and the service very attentive whilst relaxed too. The Witchery is an extremely nice place to eat and its situation and interior decor creates a great atmosphere.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It was fun to get dressed up and I won't deny that the restaurant is beautiful, but the portions are small and terribly average for such an expensive price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Went to this restaurant a couple of nights ago and what a difference from a few years ago when it used to be fantastic. Firstly as we were having the set menu we were crammed into the smaller restaurant which was a shame. You should really tell people that. We had to ask three times for the wine menu although... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the Witchery by the Castle for lunch on a recent trip to Edinburgh and were very unimpressed. The restaurant itself is very nice but the food was extremely overpriced and the service was substandard. Very unfriendly waitstaff. One of the food servers was standing near us and complaining very loudly about something and swearing, all within earshot.... More 

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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Don't let this well situated and beautifully presented restaurant fool you. The food is dire! Alarms initially started ringing for me when I noticed that the wine glasses and champagne flutes were all cheap products found in any nisbets catering magazine! The menu reads well, sadly the food does not deliver. I ordered the scallops starter which was over cooked... More 

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

in awe of the décor inside and out of this restaurant , the magical walkway leading into the witchery/secret garden is such a romantic touch. the food was very nice indeed and good value for money (we had the 3 course set menu). yes some of the staff can seem quite rude but not all .. the manager offered to... 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>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • 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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