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The Witchery by the Castle

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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
441312255613
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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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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful rooms and location - and the foods pretty good as well! I had been to dinner 20 years ago or so and was delighted to return. Great atmosphere and such a great location. Parking was a bit difficult because of the festival that was on - but the 3 couples really enjoyed our stay there. Sadly no Scottish Kippers... More 

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Puerto del Rosario, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We heard about this beautiful posh place and decided to go there and enjoy the experience. The service was correct, but then when we went to the food, it was not. Dry overcooked meat over extremely salty quinoa in my case. 80 pounds not drinking wine, two main and 1 dessert. To be fair, the place and the location were... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were very much looking forward to eating here and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was wonderful, the decor was beautiful, the service was impeccable and the food was perfect. We were however dismayed to find that we were in a minority as we had dressed up for the evening but most people around us were in jeans and... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is popular. We booked a day out so could only get a 3:00 reservation. Linner! We were originally put in the front dining room and requested to be moved to the garden room. They were able to accommodate us and glad they did. It was a lovely space. Bright and welcoming. I had the trout with horseradish ice... More 

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great for romantic, candlelit dinners, The Witchery can get quite busy and service can slip during these busy dwells. However, the food is good and doesn't disappoint.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Witchery is a beautiful restaurant located a few yards from Edinburgh Castle. It also was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel, Grassmarket Hotel. The atmosphere was great and the food and service were outstanding.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome setting, sitting amongst the many candles in a well thought out venue. Good food,service and wine selection too.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Without a doubt the most amazing decor in a fabulous location. Sadly, the food didn't live up to my expectations. We chose from the set menu - portions were small and cheeseboard was particularly uninspiring. An average bottle of wine was £30/ £35 - which I thought was on the dear side. The local view is that this restaurant is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Herriot room was so perfect for a romantic honeymoon , we felt like royalty the room was so elegant /fairy tale . We felt like we were staying in our own fairy tale castle! The staff were very attentive and so friendly and welcoming , the room was kept spotless and we we got a bottle of champagne and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went with my two grown up daughters and a friend on my mini hen weekend as a mature bride to be. The girls booked us in to celebrate the occasion. The setting is reminiscent of maybe a French or Italian dinning room but the food most definitely Scottish style. Three of us went for the set menu. The starters and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$33 - $118
Cuisine
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian, Soups, Scottish
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 441312255613
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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