- Main course: £23
- Food spend: £37
- Opening hours
- Open daily from 12:00 to 23:30.
Fantastic meal and atmospheres
04 March 2019
At the gates of Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery is a unique, distinctive restaurant with an enticing gothic appearance. The opulent interior and Scottish cuisine befit its status as James Thomson's flagship dining venue.
Near to historic landmarks such as the Scottish Parliament, the Museum of Scotland, St Giles and the National Galleries, the Edinburgh surroundings of The Witchery have established it as a highly desirable destination for city locals, tourists and celebrities from around the world. Only ten minutes' walk from Princes Street, George Street and Edinburgh railway station, this enviable location is enhanced by the internationally renowned a la carte menu. Traditional Angus beef, lamb and game dishes are highlighted alongside seafood specialities ranging from Scottish lobster and rock oysters to smoked salmon.
A formal yet relaxed ambience makes The Witchery a popular Edinburgh for entertaining and impressing business clients, as well as for couples enjoying a special meal or groups holding a private function.
The Witchery by the Castle
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
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Customer reviews for The Witchery by the Castle
(((** 25 May 2019 by Carole from Edinburgh
Overpriced and left feeling ripped off. £10 for single measure of gin is disgusting.
((((( 9 May 2019 by Maria from PAOLA
Location favolosa, solo luce di candele. Noi abbiamo prenotato nella sala secret garden. Atmosfera magica. Personale gentilissimo, italiano tra l'altro, come noi. Premurosi, sorridenti, pronti a soddisfare le nostre richieste. Ci hanno spiegato e consigliato. Vino rosso shiraz/riesling ottimo. Piatti cucinati e impiattati con gusto. Io ho preso il cervo e il purè di patate. E un dolce al cioccolato specialità del witchery. Tutto molto buono , prodotti di ottima qualità. Enrico , il direttore di sala, e Michele , il nostro cameriere al tavolo, hanno contributo alla magia di questa serata. In realtà mi è quasi sembrato di stare in famiglia . Il locane è sul royal mile, a neanche 200 metri dal castello. Incantevole dentro e fuori.
(((** 8 May 2019 by Petitgenez from Annemasse, France
Excellent Haggis, beef, parfait terrine, Champagne
((((( 13 April 2019 by Dave from Isle of Man
This is somewhere that I have wanted to eat at for a long time and, now that I have, I have to say that the wait was worth it. I see many reviews that seems to suggest that this is an overly expensive place to eat, given the food that is served and, if you base your judgement solely on the meal, there is some validity to that, but this place isn't just about the food. The setting is wonderful, it's right next to the castle, the decor and ambience (I chose the original dining room, not the Secret Garden Room) is perfect and the service is very good. As for the food, sure it is a fairly staid menu compared to many modern restaurants, but it is perfectly prepared, well presented and, when eaten in such beautiful surroundings, I feel, worth every penny. I ate the Haggis starter which could have been a little more adventurously seasoned, followed by the steak. The steak was excellent, cooked to perfection, tasty and served with excellently chosen accompaniments, and this was followed with the selection of deserts on offer, all of which were superb (the Pistachio ice cream is sublime)
Eating in a place like this should make you feel special, and it does this very well.
((*** 21 March 2019 by Robin from Newcastle under Lyme
The meal was OK - as a vegetarian I found some good choices - but nothing extraordinary. Prices are massively inflated - cost us more than twice 2 other meals we had elsewhere that were better.
Obsequiousness of the waiter was very annoying - I'd rather be left to eat my meal in peace without being fawned over all the time.
((((( 4 March 2019 by Katrina from Livingston
Fantastic meal and atmospheres
((((( 13 February 2019 by Noel from BANGOR
WAS GREAT SERVICE WAS FIRST CLASS
(((** 29 January 2019 by Raymond from Edinburgh
Excellent service & customer care by the staff as always but this visit we really felt that the menu was poor for a decent selection of Scottish cuisine. It was a real let down.
((((( 16 January 2019 by Karen from Newcastle upon Tyne
Fab restaurant food was amazing staff very attentive ant the ambience of this restaurant is fantastic would definitely recommend.
(**** 28 December 2018 by Margaret from Kinross
We’ve been coming to the witchery for many years and unfortunately we found the food very bland. We wanted something special but the food was the opposite. It’s such a beautiful restaurant but I don’t think we will be returning.
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