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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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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well we made it back for our first anniversary and again, a wonderful evening in stunning surroundings. The service from start to finish was exceptional and the staff are attentive but discreet. My beef was superb and cooked to perfection. The boss had venison and it was melt in the mouth, drop dead gorgeous. The neeps and tatties starter was... More 

Thank Trevor C
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Delicious lunch at the witchery on a Saturday afternoon. We went for the festive menu at £36 per head. Each course was superb. In particular the steak was excellent and the chai tea panacotta was lovely. The only disappointment was the wine that we chose, avoid the £35 Chilean Malbec as it's a poor example. The atmosphere is lovely and... More 

Thank LCF1983
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My friend and I were really excited by visiting this place. Beautiful restaurant in a premium location. However, we were a bit disappointed when the waiter seemed offended as we asked if we could have the 'bravette steak' cooked to our preference rather than 'pink only'. Apparently the chef only cooks it pink and it's non-negotiable. While we duly changed... More 

Thank Sarah M
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Massively disappointing food for the price paid. Starter was good, all four of us had something different and all were very tasty. The main courses were hugely disappointing. I had pheasant with braised red cabbage, hasselback potato and a ham hock pie. The pie was nice but the pheasant and the cabbage were dry and tasteless and the (very small)... More 

Thank jimmybro8
Peterhead, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fantastic atmosphere, first class and professional staff and food to die for. The venue has an Olde Worlde character to it, and suits the Royal Mile location perfectly. Not the cheapest, but well worth it

Thank andrewgauld2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Second visit to this great looking restaurant but unlike the first time the food wasn't even average. Needless to say will not be returning to this restaurant as there are many many more fabulous places to eat and drink in Edinburgh that don't need to rely on the quirky setting of the Witchery. Nice to look at, not nice to... More 

Thank babybush65
Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is very cool inside. It's got the old medieval look about it inside and is dark and lite by candle light which is lovely, however the food did not live up to expectations or other reviews online. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy. Out booking was for 9pm. We arrived a little early... More 

Thank Lo_Lily
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a amazing restaurant the food here was totally fantastic... Low lit candle light dinner, white table cloths and lovely cutlery..... The moment we walked in the staff really looked after us... We asked for the wine list and I've never seen such a Bible of wines ... The food was so good local produce I will have to say... More 

Thank Nigelandjuliagray
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an exquisite place, fabulous building, decor and excellent staff. We stayed on Friday 25th November and also dined in the restaurant, we stayed in the Herriot suite and were not disapointed at all, it have everything you could of needed a very nice Birthday treat! The restaurant did not disapoint either! The food was scrumptious very well presented, candlelit... More 

Thank x8rlj
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very over rated, very nice decor however food very average, prices expensive for what we had, although waiting staff are very nice,

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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
$32 - $114
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
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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