The Witchery

Price guide: Expensive

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF

Price guide: Expensive

Secret garden

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
5
5.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
5
5.0
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
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 most atmospheric and romantic restaurant in Edinburgh.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Recommended dishes: 

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.

Ambience: 

Unique. The atmosphere is incredible and enhanced even further by candle light, stone walls and a profusion of flowers.

Service: 

You will be looked after by charming waiting staff who are efficient and discreet.

Location: 

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.

Price advice: 

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:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Scottish
Address:
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Telephone:
0131 225 5613
Website:
http://www.thewitchery.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Open seven days until 11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to The Witchery? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

This place has a fantastic ambiance and the attentive waiting staff just can't do enough for you. I agree, aside from the pre-theatre menu it is expensive but then if it's a special occasion this is a really nice place to push the boat out.

There is also a very good wine list from the reasonable to the absolutely outrageous!