survey result

Summary

£69
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stupidly expensive but bags of fun” – James Thomson opened his “warm, quirky, and brilliant” (if somewhat touristy) sixteenth-century merchant’s house very near Edinburgh Castle 40 years ago, and it’s undoubtedly “very atmospheric” both in its Gothic oak-panelled dining room or beautiful ‘Secret Garden’. The traditional Scottish cuisine is OK, but its main distinguishing culinary feature is “a heavyweight wine list backed up by a strong selection of malt whiskies and other digestifs”. Plan on over-indulging? Book one of its glam bedrooms.

Summary

£69
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stupidly expensive but bags of fun” – James Thomson opened his “warm, quirky, and brilliant” (if somewhat touristy) sixteenth-century merchant’s house very near Edinburgh Castle 40 years ago, and it’s undoubtedly “very atmospheric” both in its Gothic oak-panelled dining room or beautiful ‘Secret Garden’. The traditional Scottish cuisine is OK, but its main distinguishing culinary feature is “a heavyweight wine list backed up by a strong selection of malt whiskies and other digestifs”. Plan on over-indulging? Book one of its glam bedrooms.

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Located near the approach to Edinburgh Castle”, James Thomson’s longstanding fixture of the Edinburgh restaurant scene offers atmosphere in abundance, with its darkly gothic original dining room, or gorgeous ‘Secret Garden’, although it’s so well-known nowadays it “can be full of American and Japanese tourists”. The food has always played second fiddle here, both to its looks and to its 500-bin wine list and extensive range of malt whiskies, Armagnacs, digestifs and liqueurs.

Summary

£73
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Unique, delicious, atmospheric, amazing!”; though the food choice at this gothic dining room near the castle is “limited” (and tends to play second fiddle to the “extensive” wines), reporters don’t much seem to mind – doubtless owing to the “dazzling” setting. The adjoining candle-lit Secret Garden, also simply “glows with romance”.

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The Witchery by the Castle Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Witchery by the Castle Restaurant in EH1, Edinburgh by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Witchery by the Castle restaurant.
john k
Was fortunate to walk in & book a table for...
Reviewed 3 months, 8 days ago

"Was fortunate to walk in & book a table for lunch in the secret garden. Had the very tasty Fish pie for main but the highlight was the strawberry knickerbocker glory fabulous flavours & tremendous strawberry marshmallows !"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.50 £24.00 £4.50 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £4.95
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑11:30 pm

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