About The Witchery By The Castle
Excellent lunch in amazing surroundings
Fantastic service and the food was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed our time there and can't wait to go back!
The Witchery a taste of delight in a historical setting
I took a friend for her birthday lunch on a wet Monday afternoon. The Witchery is set in the shadow of the castle and does not disappoint. The setting is luxurious but traditional, impeccable service from a great team of staff and the food was literally to die for. We both had the fixed lunch menu and it was first class, the choice was good and food served with finesse. A definite eatery if you are in Edinburgh 10/10.
Atmospheric Old Town fine dining landmark
Romantic, historic and utterly unique, the Witchery has been wowing discerning diners in the capital since the 1980s, serving Hollywood A-listers alongside loyal locals. The décor is an undeniable part of the appeal, all carved panelling, lush drapes, exposed beams, heraldic insignia and gilded ceilings, reflecting the building’s 16th-century origins. Candlelit tables offer intimate ambiance, while the cuisine lives up to the surroundings, with the emphasis on high-quality Scottish seafood, beef, lamb and game, elegantly prepared and presented.
The best of Scottish cuisine
The Witchery by the Castle treats the finest seasonal Scottish produce with the respect it merits, bringing French techniques to bear on classic dishes. Typical offerings from the a la carte menu include a fruits de mer dish of Scottish seafood, Scottish langoustines, roast Borders pigeon with peas and bacon, roast loin of Cairngorm venison and hot-smoked Loch Duart salmon.
The Witchery also offers a two-course lunch or theatre supper menu and a popular three-course set menu, available all day. Desserts are proudly called puddings and feature creations such as Monty’s trifle laced with port and Italian meringue, Tonka bean crème brulee and L’Opera gateau, with Tia Maria and coffee macaroon.
Old Town transport connections
The Witchery by the Castle is a testing 15-minute climb up from Waverley Station on foot. The nearest bus services stop a little closer to the restaurant, on the Mound or George IV Bridge. Paid parking is available nearby on Castle Terrace. The restaurant is an ideal rendezvous before or after major concerts at the Castle, while the Traverse, Usher Hall and Lyceum are around 15 minutes away on foot.