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The Witchery by the Castle

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Old Town
Seafood, British, Soups, 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Christmas treat

Lovely late lunch before a trip to the ballet. A treat from my husband for Christmas. Beautiful setting in the secret garden and food was good although service not ideal at the beginning due to shift changeover Special mention of the dessert platter - absolute bliss.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely late lunch before a trip to the ballet. A treat from my husband for Christmas. Beautiful setting in the secret garden and food was good although service not ideal at the beginning due to shift changeover Special mention of the dessert platter - absolute bliss.

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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and had lunch, very elaborately set out in a cramped manner, a restaurant with serious delusions of grandeur. My lady enjoyed her salmon but my tiny fish pie had taste but proved insubstantial for a good eater like me. Pricey, but to be fair, as expected. Everyone very polite. Don't think I will be troubling them again.

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Oundle, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the moment you walk in your can see why this restaurant is hailed as one of the pretties rooms in the world. Yes, friends the entire world. everything was perfect. The wine, the water, the food-all three courses (don't judge me). The staff is attentive, but not too much. future husbands...propose to me here and I will not be... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very special place to eat. Fantastic food. Very romantic atmosphere . It also has a few bed rooms which have a extra special something like candle light in the bathroom. Having said all that it is also great to have a special diner party.

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Thank Irene L
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a unique venue! Great to be surrounded with the history, very atmospheric with amazing food. We had a great time.

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Thank Mike G
Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Whilst the restaurant is really lovely inside and very atmospheric I was disappointed with the food, Found it very average for the price. Our waiter was very good but the meet and greet were lackustre.

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1 Thank Anne S
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I brought my husband here for his 48th Birthday. We travelled 3 hrs to get here and I wish I hadn't bothered. Yes the place is very romantic and beautiful. However the food was a total disappointment. Potatoes so hard we couldn't get our forks in them. These were changed quickly for mash but not the point. Cod was simply... More 

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1 Thank Littleminions21
Glasgow
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined here with a friend, as we were in Edinburgh for an overnight Spa treat. I had dined at The Witchery before, but my friend hadn't, so we chose it as I had raved about how good it is. Chose Scallops to start, they were amazing. Total delight. Followed by fillet steak in Madeira jus. My friend had the pork... More 

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had to send back the first course of crab. Although fresh it had no taste. They offered a replacement and I tried the grilled prawns in garlic butter. Prawns were great but the chef had left in the black intestinal tract. It should have ben removed in my opinion. The main course of venison was lovely but the carrots were... More 

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1 Thank Martin L
Livingston, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and love the decor and style. Would definitely come back again. Staff were very knowledgeable and a delight to work with.

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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 72
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Soups, 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.
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