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The Witchery by the Castle

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352 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Has an excellent reputation and the food and wine were excellent, fusing Scottish classical themes with modern innovations. Better suited to adults than families and a good barometer of which tourist nations have the strongest purchasing power!

Thank sheriffade
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's been over 10 years since we first visited the Witchery restaurant and sat in the beautiful garden room with its elegant painted wooden ceiling and gothic stonework. We had lunch there after we married, and years later we're still going back to celebrate with our friends because the restaurant continues to deliver delicious Scottish food, impeccable service and maintain... More 

Thank ElLimerino
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our Sunday lunch was lovely, the restaurant is so unique it felt really grand. The service was fantastic and the set menu was perfect. The manager even showed us the secret garden room and one of the suites - which was amazing. Definitely need to go back and stay here. One off experience.

Thank Gemski2014
South Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ate here on Friday 26th August- we had booked a few weeks in advance and were both really looking forward to it. We were seated straight away in the main dining room and the setting was fantastic. We ordered a bottle of wine- but spent the rest of the night pouring the wine ourselves whilst all around us got theirs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great, we ate in the garden room. Set lunch pre theatre for 20£. Wonderful wine list. We told them we had only 1 hour and they managed to get us in and out in time and yet it felt very easy and relaxing. Would highly recommend.

Thank richard d
South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with my husband for a romantic Birthday dinner and was by no means disappointed. We ate in the secret garden which was lit with beautiful candles and lights and perfectly matched light music. The food was just to die for and everything about our evening was perfect. Very professional without being pretentious staff and I felt very spoiled.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to this very romantic restaurant on a cold winter evening after visiting Edinburgh Castle. The interior is very romantic and the restaurant served delicious venison.

Thank Rowan S
District V / Inner City, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food using local ingredients. Their seefood is amazing. Great location and pretty dining room. Great selection of wines. Fantastic service with a smile.

Thank Artizanbaker
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fanstatic service,great food and a fanstatic atmosphere. Unfortunately this was very nearly ruined by a family who allowed their children to cause distruption by getting up and down from the table and making a noise.This certainly is not a place for children. I would like to say that the manager handled the situation impeccably before the situation got completely out... More 

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South Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked well in advance to secure a table in The Secret Garden at The Witchery. The food was perfectly cooked and the service was five star. There was one small problem, in that a couple came in with three children while we were eating and the youngest child was very loud, screaming and throwing toys on to the floor,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$33 - $118
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Soups, Scottish
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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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: 441312255613
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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