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The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131-2255613
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Ranked #409 of 1,843 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $81
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Loved it!!! Food was brilliant!!! Had the haggis and hot smoked salmon... Was so tasty! Staff were attentive without being overbearing, really lovely evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This historic site did not disappoint. Centuries old but with a contemporaty twist on cuisine. Very Scottish menu with upgraded twists. It was a special and memorable dining experience. Terrific service.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

In Edinburgh for a business meeting, we dined at The Witchery with a group and it fell far below our expectations. While the room had period atmosphere - even if somewhat artificial - the tables were crammed and it felt more like a posh university dining hall than a restaurant. I agree with another review on here, which criticized the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited for a birthday treat after many recommendations. The staff where very cold and did not make us feel welcome at all. Started was £10 for 1 single rubbery scallop & slice of chorizo. Main was supposed to have thrice cooked home made chips that where raw. We did not stay for dessert as we just wanted to leave.... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Average at best... Actually it was pretty bad. Myself and husband visited today and were in and out in a hour after being sat on the knees of another couple being served poor quality produce cooked to a substandard level and being charged £100 for the pleasure. Terrible Scallop stater (no plural...a single scallop) served on a cold dish which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were in Edinburgh for just a few days, but wanted to be certain to work this into our schedule. We reserved an early evening dinner. The service & atmosphere was excellent. The meal was exceptional. Perfect destination for couples looking for a unique & upscale meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were fortunate to get in to the Secret Garden after a Scotch tasting next door while on a business trip. What a treat. I had a fabulous Haggis for a starter and the Venison for my main, paired with a Chateuneuf de pape wine from France. What a really great experience. I'm looking forward to bringing my wife back... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I would like to start off by saying that I was looking forward to go to that very well-known restaurant in Edinburgh. My family and I share a particular interest in food. We like going to different restaurants, and we have been to many so far. We are not prejudiced about Michelin starred restaurants and the ones who do not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Having wanted to visit The Witchery for a long time, I was delighted that The Castle Snug where we were staying on honeymoon say just across the way and excitedly booked a table. The staff were very friendly, polite and professional and the place is amazing, very romantic and sumptuous. Fabulous candlesticks, wood panelling and decor. The food was good,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Recommended to us and very enjoyable. Staff attentive, not obtrusive, menu diverse and delicious, cool/weird location and wonderful food. Not cheap but worth the price.

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