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The Witchery by the Castle

Old Town
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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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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

4 of us dined here on Saturday night whilst in Edinburgh for a long weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday. The food was good but not amazing, as we had anticipated and the staff let the venue down somewhat. Waiter/manager thought he was being comedic but just came across as sarcastic, lots of accidents in the restaurant involving smashed glasses... More 

Thank sport66
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My partner and I stayed at the Witchery for his 30th birthday on the 23rd September and also had a meal there in the evening. I booked the Armoury suite and it was out of this world. It was totally gorgeous and we felt like royalty. The suite was finished off to the highest standard and came with complimentary champagne,... More 

Thank Manda3107
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is like something out of Harry Potter, amazing food, professional staff and great service! Must book a table as they are very busy!

Thank MS19
Derby, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here recently to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we had a fabulous time. The whole experience was a special one. The room was fabulous and indulgent and a great way to celebrate our day. The restaurant was very atmospheric with a very tasty evening meal and an unbelievable breakfast. We are hooked and will be returning!!

Thank Hetty65
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A magical adjunct to the main restaurant, with an atmosphere well captured by the photo on the web. I went with an old friend, now living in the US, to talk about our lives, our pasts, our ideas for the future. Go to the main restaurant for a pre-theatre meal: go to the Secret Garden for conversation over a good... More 

Thank Sean N
Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The witchery is one of the "5 star" restaurants in Edinburgh. The decor is warm with wood paneling on the walls and ceiling. The service was impeccable. However, the food was average and the prices were high. We had the lobster bisque and the salt water trout. Both were good, but not extraordinary.

Thank oclinda2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Edinburgh for one night and I could not book the restaurant for that night nevertheless we tried calling to try our luck. We were very lucky to get a table at around 5pm and we enjoyed a first class meal with wonderful service from attentive staff. Later the restaurant became very busy but the staff remained attentive... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It seemed nice when we sat down...it's a lovely dining room in a fascinating location, but that was the end of the real pleasures. The food was middle range, not particularly piquant or interesting. My husband's quail was tasty, but my beet salad and scallops, and his trout were bland, lacking in depth or variety of flavor and texture. The... More 

Thank MCZag
Oban, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Witchery is definetley a great place to go for a romantic meal. The beef shin was perfectly cooked, tender and just melted in your mouth with a very complimenting jus. Service was excellent and unobtrusive. Drinks were a little bit pricey, but for the setting and being in Edinburgh city centre perfectly understandable.

Thank Jwa1303
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife was given a gift of a champagne dinner here by her generous brother and his partner and we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at this well renowned restaurant. We arrived early and thought we'd have a drink before our meal but we got the impression that it'd be better to go elsewhere for our refreshment and return... 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
$32 - $117
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Soups, Scottish, 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: 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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