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“First class” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle
Ranked #230 of 2,295 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $33 - $118
Cuisines: Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian, Soups, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Old Town
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.
glasgow
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

my goodness i cant believe how good this restaurant is. everything on offer was just excellent from the food to the service. i have eaten in many good places but this goes down as the best..Scallops were divine,venison was delicious and the chocolate torte was "to die for",,my partner said 'it was the best salmon he had ever tasted..We shall return.. Thank You

  • Visited January 2012
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scotland
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“Possibly the most atmospheric restaurant I've ever been in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Had lunch in here to celebrate a milestone birthday. It's not cheap by any matter of menas but if you like great food with a touch of luxury in the surrounding you're eating it in then look no further. Impeccable service without being too stuffy. The staff know their stuff without being patronising and the food is beautifully presented without being pretentious. Quite simply the best restaurant in Edinburgh in my opinion.
Cant wait to go back.

  • Visited January 2012
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Edinburgh
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“Exceptional Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Lovely restaurant but overpriced. Really depends on your tastes but this restaurant is fairly exclusive and not for everyone, I would say check menu before booking , Staff very good and meal was nice but not outstanding!

Visited January 2012
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Scotland
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“Very very disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Took my daughter here for her 21st birthday. Big mistake. The food was really unexciting and enormously expensive. The wine list was exorbitant. Service was appaling, glaciers flowed faster in the last ice age. The decor has seen better days. Possibly the worst meal I have ever had in Edinburgh with a giant price tag to boot.

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Bingley
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“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

My daughter and I ate at the Witchery. It was a truly wonderful experience from beginning to end. The food was fantastic, well cooked, beautifully presented and tasty. The staff were attentive and we were well looked after the whole meal. When I have saved up again I will go back but this time to the Secret Garden part.

Visited December 2011
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