The Witchery by the Castle
“Magnificent setting to enjoy traditional Scottish cooking” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
One of several historic buildings at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, the baroque, oak-panelled restaurant within this 16th-century merchant’s house makes for an atmospheric dining experience. Built around traditional dishes and native produce, the assured cooking follows a contemporary and seasonal route with Scottish seafood getting a strong showing.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 110
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25–26 December
- Wines under £30: 14
- Wines over £30: 650
- Wines by the glass: 13
- Cuisine style: Traditional Scottish
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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