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The Witchery by the Castle

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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,
$25 - $113
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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I believe if you have had poor service you should give the establishment to respond privately before posting comments on TripAdvisor. below is an email I sent to the Witchery after a recent visit. More than a month later I have received no reply. Disappointing....More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 622alastairg
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful evening meal at the Witchery. We dined on seafood and enjoyed a great wine. The staff and the service were outstanding. The meals were delicious. The atmosphere was great! I highly recommend this great restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Chris H
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was beautiful. The food was unreal. The staff was so friendly and lovely. So many special touches. You definitely get what u pay for here. And the location was perfect. I’ll definitely be back (once my bank account recovers properly). Can’t recommend this place...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Blaire T
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was my third visit to The Witchery and I was so looking forward to dining here as in the past, I've loved the food and the interior and ambiance are so relaxing and beautiful. However, this visit was not a good one. The waiter...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank Anglotripper
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had dinner here on our second night in Scotland, before starting our road trip around the country. I had made reservations in advance, got in with no issue. The inside of the restaurant is gorgeous! I wish I would have taken more photos...but seemed...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Robyn T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Food quality overall was good but didn’t have bags of flavour to it. Ordered the lobster starter and the rib eye for main. Rib eye was good but not worth £39. Staff were very attentive which is good. Atmosphere was lovely though I must say....More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank Josh_Emerson_Travels
Reviewed 6 days ago

Off the hustle and bustle off the Royal Mile. Very atmospheric setting and attentive and helpful staff. The tea really was amazing. We shouldn't have been surprised given the hype but you never know. I've already recommended it to any friends traveling through Edinburgh.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank ericstalzer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stepping in to The Witchery and step into another world. We reserved a tea time, everything was on schedule and so lovely, from the waiters, to the food served, to the ambience. Formed into a little ball and surrounded by jam, the haggis served here...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank mcourtne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a superb lunch here on a wet Monday. Dining room is all cosy wood panelling and white tablecloths and candles. We ate from the 2 for £25 offer and treated ourselves to a glass of champagne each. (we don't have prosecco, madam 😁) Lovely...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank GayleB91
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Edinburgh for a 'mini-moon' getaway after our mid-week wedding and booked a meal at this highly-esteemed restaurant as a special treat. We were both really looking forward to the experience, having heard great things. However, we were very disappointed and agreed that we have...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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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
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June 5, 2019|
Response from Soren S | Reviewed this property |
You're best to ask them on their contact page. IMHO it depends on how busy they are (often snottily turning people away without a reservation). The food isn't that great but the atmosphere is good unless they put you in... More
May 23, 2019|
Response from bug92 | Reviewed this property |
I think you meant to ask the restaurant-I’m just a customer!
May 11, 2019|
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Response from JTCManagement | Property representative |
Hello, we ask for a minimum spend of one pain course per person. Hope to see you soon. Best wishes, Steven, GM @ The Witchery
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