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The Witchery by the Castle

Old Town
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352 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
+44 131 225 5613
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I got the 3 course meal for 36 pounds. For starters I got the duck which was tasty but the portion was tiny for what I paid. The steak for mains was delicious one of the nicest steaks I've had! Desert was delicious as well! The food is very pricey but you are paying for an unforgettable out of this... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate dinner here this evening during a trip to Edinburgh and had heard that this place was nice. Unfortunately I think it was the most disappointing moment of an otherwise wonderful trip. I would say that the good points were the beautiful surroundings, candles instead of normal lighting and we had a good g&t. The service was OK. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited at lunchtime and decided to choose from the 3 courses for £36 menu. There is a choice of 3 dishes per course. Smoked salmon starter was good. The flatiron steak for the main course was tasty but there was a lot of chewing in it. The sweet was the probably the best of the 3 courses. The service was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the food was delicious at this restaurant. Quite upmarket. The waiting staff could have done with some better training, just little things that would have made this a fabulous experience rather than a good one. Serving the ladies first, pouring wine for the ladies first, pulling out the chair when the ladies are being seated rather than just standing there.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my third visit to this restaurant and it never disappoints. Service, food and wine all exceptional, I've nothing else to add. Fantastic 👍

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food here is truely some of the best I've ever had - Can't fault that at all! I will say that you are definitely paying extra for the venue you are in, tablecloths and candles in a really very beautiful building. An incredible selection of wines (860 to chose from my my count) can't go without being mentioned. The... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had lunch time special menu. Excellent food great atmosphere. Amazing building. Staff were all very nice very attentive. Would recommend if in Edinburgh.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent an unhurried Saturday late lunch with friends at the Witchery - eating downstairs in the conservatory area. The food was excellent - I had haggis to start followed by the Rib-eye. Good menu but be warned the prices here are not cheap and the side dishes need to be ordered with a meal. The service was good but... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have eaten a few times at the Witchery and have always enjoyed it. This visit was no different, having a lovely late valentines dinner, splashing out a bit on some champagne etc and having a bill at £200. My feelings changed drastically when I called the next day and spoke to a manager to highlight some concerns which transpired... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined here on the 11th February in the garden setting.. firstly our table was for four and was located at the base of the stairs. I had the misfortune to sit with my back to the door, so had a constant cold draft... The setting is amazing, but the food was so ordinary... I had the dressed crab, which I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $112
Seafood, European, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 352 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 5613
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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Staying in Old Town

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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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