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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
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Ranked #435 of 1,854 restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $83
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Some of the best food on my trip. Ambience galore. I have eaten oysters all over the world, well, lots of places & these were the best I have had. Very clean clear tasting if that makes any sense. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend for a special nite out.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

we shared a great lunch in this fascinating restaurant, beautiful local ingredients used creatively. The setting is fabulous, right next to the castle and very very popular so book early! We would definately go back

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Manchester, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The Witchery was recommended to us and didn't disappoint. An extremely pleasant Pickering Gin and Tonic was served to us with a slice of grapefruit, on our arrival. The Lamb Wellington, served for Two, was delicious accompanied by a equally delicious Malbec. My only criticism was our table. Hidden in a corner, with my back to the restaurant/ other diners... More

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Pleasanton, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Highly recommended by Scottish friends as a must while in Edinburgh. Just down from the castle, reservations a must. Food beautifully presented, but it is pricey. You are paying for the atmosphere and location, was told to dress up but not really that dressy. Hikers came in wearing shorts and backpacks and were still seated. Lovely desserts and excellent service.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Ate lunch here today. Service took far too long. Food average and so overpriced. My partner found a long hair in her starter and I could have broken a tooth on a bone in the tasteless rabbit terrine. Scallops tired and roe rubbery. I fear this is a tourist trap

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I had the scallop with broad beans and chorizo-> Delicious! The Trout-> Delicious Blairgowrie Strawberries-> Delicious It was a bit pricey though at 35 pounds. The secret garden was not really a garden, it was indoors. The atmosphere was very nice but unfortunately the candlelight made it hard to see a little bit. The service was very prompt although unfortunately... More

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Houston, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful restaurant and it had come highly recommended from a friend. But we found it overpriced and the food disappointing. I give the service high marks as they did respond very promptly as our meals were not as we'd expected. Of the 3 of us, one liked hers, mine was flavorless but properly cooked, and the third was... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Some restaurants rest too much on their reputation. We had expected great food at The Witchery, but we were awfully disappointed. The restaurant is incredibly lovely, and the service was good, but you have to be able to eat the food they serve. I ordered the Skate and there were so many bones in it, and it was so overcooked,... More

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The Villages, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was a little leery after reading some reviews but I liked the pictures and menu on web site. I made reservations several months in advance because we were going to be in Edinburgh during tattoo and fringe and I knew would be lots of travelers in town. No problems at all with reservations. The restaurant is small but full... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was our 2nd visit to this fantastic restaurant - it did not disappoint. We had an excellent meal, the staff were 110% and so was the food. The best restaurant in Edinburgh and the best I have been in.

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