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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 #411 of 1,824 restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $0 - $86
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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Cleveland, Ohio
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Dinner at the witchery was the jewel on top of the crown that was our trip to Edinburgh. If you're worried about price, don't go. If you're worried about the quality of the food, don't go. If you want to dine in a once in a lifetime location and enjoy a meal that you will never forget....make a reservation at... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

My husband and I booked into The Witchery for our 1st wedding anniversary and having only called the day before to book they were more than accommodating and made space for us. We were greeted on arrival with complimentary champagne and shown to our seats, tucked away in the corner which suited us just fine. We both went for the... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I was initially not impressed that they had got the reservation wrong but they rectified this with a great table. The service and red wine recommendation was excellant. This is a very intimate place, full of romance. The food was delicious. The desert was fabulous. This is the kind of place you dont forget if you visit Edinburgh and manage... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I booked this restaurant months in advance to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Edinburgh University, and was anticipating great things. The staff were attentive and polite, not intrusive, but do agree with Dirk752 regarding waiting staff leaning over customers- not necessary or pleasant! Very good starter, but the food peaked early. The main course was staggeringly dull, bland and unimaginative,... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

After spending four hours there recently , mainly waiting for food, there was a very long gap between courses including actually getting served the starter. Like the other review I have just read the whole " being learned on or over " by staff members is still a very clear issue. We were met on arrival by a very nice... More

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Bletchley, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

lovely food great wine very special place . We had booked in advance before our holiday, as we had friends meeting us in Edinburgh we wanted to take them for a special treat it was wonderful.

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Over the years I have on occasion dined at this eatery, happy to pay the high prices on the assurance of a fine dining experience with intimate ambiance. After my last visit I am of the opinion that the owners of this establishment no longer care what quality of experience their paying guests have as they believe their reputation is... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Secret Garden dining area within the building is a beautiful place to eat of that there is no doubt. The place literally reeks of history and it is clearly a magnet for the regular and transient tourist trade. It is an absolute crying shame that such a wonderful setting does not represent what is best within the Edinburgh dining... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Nice family lunch break just by the castle. Excellent service in a warm and calm lunch room set within castle walls. Waiter was very helpful with children. Food and wine were indeed very good, but a bit expensive. We enjoyed this break.

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Richmond, Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We had researched this as a special occasion "splurge" for our family trip to Scotland and weren't disappointed. We opted for a lunch reservation and the prixe fix. Lovely fresh and inventive selections for all courses and great wine selections to accompany the different dishes. Excellent service in an unusual setting. Perfect way to begin our Scotland adventure!

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