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The Witchery by the Castle

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352 Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
+44 131 225 5613
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Au
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely restaurant - excellent service and the cuisine superb in a great location near the castle - what more can I say -

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The decor is stunning and the service is great. The food was a delight and was paired perfectly with a Rioja chosen by our waiter. Expect a fine dinning experience with a hearty meal. Definitely worth a visit if you have the money to spare.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Must go here at least once. It was fun and opens late compared to other restaurants. Delicious food and good service. Cool atmosphere and nice wine list.

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food and service was second to none, would recommend to everyone if you can get a booking that is

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carlisle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed a lovely birthday evening meal here. I couldn't fault it, lovely atmosphere with wonderfull surroundings .The main course was excellent but the dessert choice was a little limited. book early as it is very popular.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My daughter booked The Witchery as a surprise for our wedding anniversary and what a wonderful resrtaurant it is. Very atmospheric and the decor is amazing. The food and wines on offer are exceptional , perfect for a special occasion.

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Thank Carol B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A restaurant with a mysterious atmosphere, The Witchery is the perfect place for a romantic dinner. The food is very good (haggis is very good!), and the service is great. Book ahead, if you want to get a table on a weekend night.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a Christmas works do to this place during december - not sure if i'd built it up my head too much, as it does have an amazing reputation - but it didn't live up what i'd hoped for food wise. That said, it was a perfect plesent meal - it just didn't knock my socks off.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful two night stay in The Library suite at the Witchery by the Castle. Special thanks to Roxy and Blair who welcomed us like friends. Would most definitely recommend this beautiful place to stay and eat. We liked it so much we brought a voucher for our niece to enjoy. Both restaurants are amazing but my favourite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful atmosphere of The Secret Garden Dining Room at the Witchery by the Castle was fabulous. Upon arrival, you descend down the stairwell into the dimly lit, intimate dining area. The décor was beautiful and really made me feel as if I was in a magical secret garden. The servers were friendly while helping describe some of the lesser... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $110
Cuisine
Seafood, European, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
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
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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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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