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Occupying a prime site just off the Royal Mile, this gloriously gothic 16th-century building is renowned for its genuinely archaic and extravagantly baronial decor – a riot of elaborate tapestries, luxurious drapes, statues and cherubs, plus an enchanting Secret Garden reached via stone staircase. It’s a shoo-in for romance with a big dollop of heritage thrown in for good measure. The kitchen covers all bases, and it isn’t afraid of bullish Franco/Scottish flavours: lobster bisque, haggis, Oban native oysters on ice or roast Borders pigeon with peas and garlic cream could precede lamb Wellington, Dover sole meunière or hot-smoked Loch Duart salmon with buttered alexanders, oyster hollandaise and sweet potato chips. If you still have room, indulge in a strawberry Opéra gateau or dark chocolate tart with marmalade ice cream. You can also soak up the Witchery experience without paying top whack, by taking advantage of the two-course lunch and theatre menu; either way, it’s worth splashing some extra cash on the extraordinary wine list – a huge all-embracing tome stuffed with treasures from around the globe.

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The Witchery by the Castle

352 Castlehill, The Royal Mile ,Edinburgh EH1 2NF

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by   platinum reviewer (78)

Mar 2017

Four of us ate here for dinner on the weekend. The restaurant is located on the Royal Mile and is part of a hotel, so I suspect that it is always pretty booked up, because it is in the middle of tourist-ville. The room is stunning and full of history. The prices for main courses were pretty steep, some coming in at £40+ but we opted for the £36 for 3 course menu (I really wanted the 3 courses for £20 menu but that apparently is only served between 6.30 and 7.30 and 10.30 and 11.30pm,...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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The Witchery by the Castle

352 Castlehill, The Royal Mile ,Edinburgh EH1 2NF

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by   platinum reviewer (53)

Apr 2011

According to the mini guide ‘Edinburghs best restaurants’ the Witchery has a “world-wide reputation for sensational food in the most indulgent setting”. The guide introduces Scotland’s best-known restaurateur, James Thomson, who according to Scotland on Sunday (in 2003) has. . . “a reputation others would die for”. The rest of the ‘guide’ is simply self aggrandising promotional brochure for Thomsons other two lesser known restaurants and rooms clearly designed to fool tourists. Unfortunately however,...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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The Witchery by the Castle

352 Castlehill, The Royal Mile ,Edinburgh EH1 2NF

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Aug 2010

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Well, we were looking for a memorable experience during the Edinburgh Festival and boy did we get one, starting with the surly welcome (how inappropriate the word sounds) from a smile-free waiter who showed us to our table with all the warmth and grace of a lion inviting two gazelles to join him for a meal. Our first request for a kir and a Martini Bianco were received as if we had ordered an arsenic with a side order of belladonna (needless to say, the Martini that was brought turned out to be Extra...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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