The Witchery by the Castle
- Telephone 0131 225 5613
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5.30–11.30pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–6.30pm.
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £38 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.thewitchery.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
One of Edinburgh’s most famous restaurants, celebrated as much for its location near the Castle and historic atmosphere as for the food. There are two distinct dining areas: the darkly romantic 16th- century Witchery, its red leather seats, and old oak panelling illuminated by flickering candles; and the Secret Garden, a pretty covered courtyard overlooking a terrace. Its reputation attracts visiting celebrities, tourists and locals out for a special occasion, although many of the set-price menus mean the bill doesn’t have to be as grand as the surroundings. The cooking has been somewhat eclipsed by the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants but is still of an excellent standard and uses high-quality British produce. A delicate Buckie crab is paired with discs of tomato, mango and grapefruit jelly while the shellfish bisque is velvety smooth. From the roasts and grills, the Cairngorm venison is packed with deep smoky flavours and the chicken is deliciously moist. Desserts are rich and indulgent – luckily you can taste them all in the Witchery pudding selection platter.
- High point: Lavish interiors and romantic atmosphere
- Low point: It boasts a fine wine cellar but there's nothing for under £20
Located in an historic sixteenth-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 location,stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service create memorable and magical dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. Ewan MacGregor, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson and Clarissa Dickson Wright have all succumbed to its charms, with Andrew Lloyd Webber calling it the prettiest restaurant ever! Originally built for an Edinburgh merchant in 1595, this historic building on the Royal Mile now includes the jewel-like Witchery dining room, the spectacular Secret Garden and a collection of totally indulgent and opulent suites.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- Private dining: 50 / 60
- No. overnight rooms: 8
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: light jazz and classical
- Capacity: 110
- Largest group: 40 / 50
- Open since: 1979
- House wine: £21.50 per bottle
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