Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, History, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Best for Romance - Expert review of The Witchery
The Witchery is a unique Edinburgh experience I can recommend highly. As soon as you step off The Royal Mile into the entrance you know you are in for something special. James Thomson, the proprietor of Prestonfield - one of the top hotels in the city - has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years and his wealth of experience and eye for detail is never more evident than in this sumptuous romantic dining experience. Everyone from Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones to Simpson's creator Matt Groening and Pierce Brosnan have fallen for the charms of The Witchery. You'll see why.
There is also accommodation in this amazing setting, which you can find out more about here - Witchery by the Castle. Oh, and it's supposedly haunted too.
Scottish produce of the highest quality served with flair and imagination. Seafood, venison, game, beef, fish: all sourced from local suppliers with a careful eye on sustainability. James Thomson is a passionate wine collector and his list of more than 1,000 wines reflects this.
I would go for the light lunch/pre theatre menu as it is such great value. But if money were no object and I was eating off the main menu, I would go for: Dressed Isle of Mull Brown Crab to start for £11, or haggis, neeps and tatties at £9. I'd then opt for the Scottish seafood platter with half a lobster at £35 or the loin of Cairngorm venison for £25.
Unique. The atmosphere is incredible and enhanced even further by candle light, stone walls and a profusion of flowers.
You will be looked after by charming waiting staff who are efficient and discreet.
On the doorstep of Edinburgh Castle, allegedly at the entrance to a one-mile underground tunnel where the Royal Families of yesteryear could escape from the castle to Holyrood Palace, at the other end of the The Royal Mile.
The light lunch and pre-theatre supper menus are considerably cheaper than the main event. You get two courses for £14.95.
More information on The Witchery:
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- Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
- 0131 225 5613
- Opening times:
- Open seven days until 11pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential