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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, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Assumed this would be a tourist rip off place given location and 'Olde Worlde' claims from the outside. In fact the room was really charming, service very good and the food very decent.

Thank JimmyDub
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in the Old Rectory Suite in October 2016 it was an amazing room so very different from anything we had stayed in before. Loved the little extra touches bar chocolate 🍫 on your bed, bottle champagne and water on ice in your room. Massive standalone bath to relax in. Loved this hotel

Thank willowend
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having already toured distilleries in various places in Scotland was surprised how informative this was. The whisky barrel tour was good fun and the actual tasting very good.

Thank Tenerif2011
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled across this amazing restaurant after reading reviews. Exceptional service and delicious food. The decor is unlike anything I have seen and added to the whole experience.

Thank Sarah C
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The witchery came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. The setting is lovely and intimate but without being overly so. The service was very attentive and food was good. It wasn't the best food ever and needed a bit of seasoning. Portion of the mains a but on the small side but normal for this type of restaurant. It definitely is... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had reservations and were seated right away. The restaurant has great ambiance, however, the food was not very good, at least not by our standards. Very expensive!

Thank Chesapeake8
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great birthday meal here again after celebrating our anniversary last year. Looking to visit again for my wife birthday this month too.

Thank mattyben
Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Myself and my daughter just happened to past the witchery, we decided to see if there was a table for evening dinner, the host couldn't do enough for us, the meal was one of the best I have ever had, the inside of the restaurant was absolutely amazing, when we had finished our meal the host came across and gave... More 

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Saint Peters, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this delightful restaurant for a late lunch. We lucked out with not having a reservation. The ambiance is very charming and the food was delicious. We had the lamb wellington for two and it was fantastic.

Thank Margaretheffy
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Please go elsewhere to spend your well earned cash as this is just not worth it. The character of the building can't make up for the mediocre food and pompous service. We've eaten in many restaurants in Edinburgh using trip advisor successfully as a guide, this time was a let down.

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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
$31 - $110
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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