The Witchery by the Castle

The Witchery by the Castle

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The Witchery Restaurant with Rooms on The Royal Mile.

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Brisbane, Australia

Just down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle you will be transported into a different era with gold guiding ceilings and oak panel walls. Retaining its 16th century history the building is situated at the gates of Edinburgh Castle producing an amazing atmosphere.

*Note amazing restaurant inside the hotel James Thomson's Witchery, noted through the city as being the best of the best.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

Stepping into The Witchery is like entering another world. Tucked away amongst the historical buildings at Edinburgh Castle gates, this restaurant/hotel is a local institution. There are two main dining areas, The Witchery and The Secret Garden, both equally delightful in their own unique ways. The Witchery was a sixteenth century merchant house and diners enjoy candlelit Baroque surroundings. The Secret Garden is an elegant space brimming with ancient oak, stone and tapestries and with French windows overlooking a terrace. Lunches, afternoon tea and dinner are served. One of nine sumptuously decorated red and gold suites with four-poster beds, velvet-lined walls and a complimentary bottle of champagne await those who purse strings can stretch far enough.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Due to the cost of the food, i had high expectations. Unfortunately i was let down and i myself wont be returning.

It was very dimly lit so i found it challenging to see what it was i was eating!

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Great restaurant by the castle with magical ambiance in the conservatory dining area.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Great location. Service and food was satisfactory. Okay, just okay. Read my full review here: http://rbell28.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/the-witchery-by-edinburgh-castle/

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Calgary, Canada

This is a special occasion type of restaurant but I didn't like it. No complaints about the food but service was stuffy and it is too expensive for what you get.

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Mero, Dominica
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One-of-kind, indefinable places like The Witchery by the Castle, evolve. Simple as that.

From the untouched stone turreted staircase leading up to the rooms to the motto " O Lord in thee is all my traist, 1595" The Witchery by the Castle is in a category all of its own.

Ever wondered where distinguished Hollywood 'A' Listers hang out on their sojourns to Edinburgh? After a visit to the Inner Sanctum, I can see why Michael Douglas chose this suite to propose to Catherine Zeta Jones. It has all of the theatre and hallmarks of the Golden Era of film: from the dramatic four-poster bed to the raised dining area overlooking the The Royal Mile, the suite offers privacy, seclusion and an insight into the historical back story of this building, and what a story it has to tell!

The Witchery is built upon the site which once belonged to Mary De Guise, mother to Mary Queen of Scots and it was here that anyone who did not conform to the 'norms' of the time was branded a witch and burned at the stake. In fact, during the 16th and 17th Centuries under the reign of James IV, it is said that more women were put to their deaths in Scotland than any other time in history.

When you know the story, the place takes on a whole new meaning.

James Thomson bought the buildings in 1979 and over time, the suites have grown in number from one to eight. On arrival, guests are greeted in their rooms with a newspaper, bottle of mineral water, a breakfast hamper for two and a bottle of champagne.

Like a famous actress getting ready to walk the red carpet in a couture outfit, the furnishings in the room have been expertly curated and put together, ready for the big reveal.

At The Witchery by the Castle, theatre, drama, decadence and indulgence are always on the 'menu of the day'.

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Cambridge, UK

The Witchery's reputation proceeds it, and if you're looking for a restaurant for a special (and pricey) meal, I can't think of a more distinctive one in the city. I dined in the Secret Garden room, which was beautiful.

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This is a very unusual hotel that has very exclusive rooms looking like they are out of a fairytale.

The Inner Sanctum is where Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta Jones. This is a very beautiful room as you can see from the photographs with an out-of-this world bathroom.

They also have a five star restaurant which is booked up months in advance.

The Witchery is full of antiques and looks like something out of a Harry Potter film.

The very small winding staircase might prove difficult for some people as you need good balance and eyesight to manage them. Stepping up the staircase feels like you are about to enter into a storybook tower from a magical fairytale.

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Vienna, Austria

The Witchery by the Castle in Edinburgh ist eines der schönsten Hotels, die die Stadt zu bieten hat - mit eindrucksvoll eingerichteten Räumlichkeiten im historischen Stil und mit seiner Lage direkt gegenüber dem Edinburgh Castle am Castle Hill.

Auch das Restaurant, das zum Hotel gehört, ist einmalig gut - wenngleich sowohl Hotel wie auch Restaurant auch einen etwas tieferen Griff in die Geldtasche verlangen. Im Restaurant herrscht zudem ein inoffizieller Dresscode, der eingehalten werden sollte.

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A guest favourite!

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London, UK
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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