The Witchery by the Castle

Located in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson's Witchery is the most atmospheric and spectacular dining destination in the city. A unique setting, stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service combine to create memorable dining experiences for locals, visitors and celebrities alike. The staff use the best of Scotland's produce including Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood. Nestled in the most historic part of the building, The Witchery dining room is rich, warm and atmospheric, with tapestries, mirrors and carvings hanging on oak-panelled walls. Spectacularly painted and gilded ceilings, similar to those at the Palace of Holyrood House, celebrate the links with France in the Auld Alliance, whilst much of the panelling was rescued from St Giles Cathedral and a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded antique leather screens, polished church candlesticks and opulent red leather seating complete the surroundings of this splendid dining location.

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Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Restaurant Style(s)
"Traditional Restaurant, Traditional Restaurant"
Restaurant Cuisine(s)
Open Hours
Open daily from 12:00 to 23:30.
Average Price for Meal
Average Price for Main Course

Special Offers

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Isle of Mull crab cocktail,	£12.50
gazpacho, cucumber and wild garlic pesto

Witchery haggis, neeps and tatties	£9.50
Traditional haggis blended with chicken mousse. (20 minute preparation time)

Smoked fish from the Inverawe smokehouse	£13.50
Loch Etive trout with Isle of Mull crab crème fraîche, eel with pickled cucumber,
hot-smoked salmon with beetroot purée

Warm truffled asparagus,		£10.00
Parmesan custard and Parmesan biscuit

Witchery shellfish bisque, rouille, croutons and gruyère	£8.50

Guy Grieve?s scallops, herb-baked with smoked Iberico pancetta and garlic	£17.00

Roast Perthshire pigeon breast, 	£10.50
braised green lentils, chorizo, wilted kale, hazelnut pesto
We suggest that you take care when eating wild game as some shot may remain

Barigoule of seasonal vegetables,	£9.00
pickled walnuts, organic herbs, goat cheese croutons

Steak tartare, celeriac remoulade	starter with raw quail egg	£11.50
Seasoned raw prime Borders beef 	main course with raw hen egg and chips	£22.50


Lindisfarne native oysters, grown on the seashore of the Lindisfarne nature reserve
served on ice with lemon, Tabasco and shallot vinegar	each	£2.40

Loch Creran Pacific oysters, grown in the clear waters of Argyll
served on ice with lemon, Tabasco and shallot vinegar	each	£2.25

Scottish seafood platter	
oysters, langoustines, clams, mussels, crab and smoked salmon
served on ice with lime mayonnaise, Tabasco and fresh lemon	with ½ lobster £35.00
	with whole lobster £50.00
We suggest that if eating oysters guests avoid spirits and drink alcohol in moderation

Guy Grieve's scallops, herb-baked with smoked Iberico pancetta and garlic,	£27.50
green salad, Yukon Gold potato mash

Witchery-smoked Loch Duart salmon,	£23.00
warm sea vegetables, sweet potato chips, oyster hollandaise

Slow-cooked monkfish	£27.00
with an Asian broth of glass noodles, shitake mushrooms, pickled pink ginger

Three Little Pigs	£26.00
Pork cutlet, roast belly, trotter stuffed with black pudding, grilled shoulder bacon,
cider-glazed parsnips, apple sauce	

Double sirloin, served on the bone (500g)	£39.00
chop house butter, chips cooked in goose fat, green salad

Rump of Borders roe deer,	£27.00
Pommes Anna, roast squash, purple fig, wild garlic and chocolate oil

Slow cooked breast of St. Brides free-range chicken,	£24.00
crispy confit leg, chicken rissole, spring cabbage and bacon, gravy

Steamed saddle of rabbit,	£26.00
Serrano ham, braised shoulder and kidney suet pudding, kale, celeriac, rabbit gravy


Cauliflower risotto, spinach and cauliflower bhaji,	£16.00
coconut and curry oil

Wild mushroom and autumn squash lasagne	£16.00


Robinta red mash potatoes	£4.00		Grilled Portobello mushrooms	£4.00
Triple cooked Maris Piper chips	£4.00		Broccoli, anchovy butter	£4.00
Peas and bacon	 £4.00		Buttered baby carrots	£4.00
House salad with organic leaves  £5.00  or Starter size  £7.50
Some dishes may contain nuts or traces of nuts. Please inform your server of any allergies.

The Witchery is proud to support the work of some of Scotland's finest food producers, growers, fishermen, farmers, cheese makers, butchers and gamekeepers. We use the best Scottish produce that we can find including Peelham Farm's outstanding Berwickshire Tamworth pork and Lleyn-cross lamb. Findlay's of Portobello supply their award-winning traditional haggis. Renowned East Lothian butcher John Gilmour's Scotch beef  is 28 day aged and fully traceable and we are members of the Scotch Beef Club. Red deer are shot on the hill in the Borders' and pigeons on Perthshire estates. St Brides are passionate about poultry at their family-owned Strathaven farm raising slow-grown free-range birds.

King scallops are hand-dived in the Grade A waters around the Isle of Mull, delivered to us on the shell within 8 hours of harvest by the Ethical Shellfish Company who also supply our brown crabs, langoustines and lobsters. We use Eilean Shona mussels and Loch Leven clams. Smoked fish comes from the acclaimed Inverawe Smokehouse and our salmon is the finest and most sustainable there is - from the cold, clear waters of Loch Duart in Sutherland. Exceptional oysters come from just over the border - the historic oyster beds in the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
Chapel Farm, East Lothian has been in the Elder family for generations and they supply us with fabulous, organic potatoes.

A discretionary 10% service charge will be added to parties of 8 and over.
All prices are inclusive Value Added Tax at the current rate.
Witchery chocolate bars are available from reception at £4.00 each or 3 for £10.00.


Single estate Madagascan chocolate tart, orange blossom ice cream				£8.00
Burnt Cambridge cream, passion fruit sorbet	£7.50
Citrus fruits in elderflower & perry jelly, white peach sorbet, mint & pomegranate salsa	£7.50
Passion fruit and mascarpone trifle, pistachio biscotti	£7.50
Two savarins with syrups,
strawberry ice cream, basil ice cream, strawberry jelly, Chantilly cream	£8.00
Witchery pudding selection							
Chocolate tart, passion fruit & mascarpone trifle, 
burnt Cambridge cream, strawberry savarin	£10.50
Baked goat cheese on sweet brioche, prunes in plum eau de vie	£7.50
Selection from today's cheeseboard
Some dishes may contain nuts or traces of nuts. Please notify your server of any allergies                                                                                                                            	
898	Carte D'Or, Coteaux du Layon 2010			
	Domaine des Baumard, Loire, France	70ml glass £5.25	125ml glass £8.50	Half	£24.00
899	Tokay Aszu Blue Label 5 Puttonyos 2007				
	Royal Tokaji Wine Company, Hungary	70ml glass £8.00	125ml glass £14.00	  500ml	£55.00
146	Château Doisy-Védrines 2002				
	Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	70ml glass £8.00	125ml glass £14.00	Bottle	£75.00

145	Château Doisy-Daëne 2003	2ème Cru Classé Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£80.00
147	Château La Tour Blanche 2003	1er Cru Classé Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£85.00
148	Château Coutet 2001	1er Cru Classé Barsac, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£95.00
149	Château de Fargues 1997	1er Cru Classé Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£150.00
151	Château d'Yquem 1989	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£600.00
153	Château d?Yquem 1986	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£600.00
154	Château d'Yquem 1983	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£600.00
152	Château d'Yquem 1990	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Bottle	£600.00
855	Château La Tour Blanche 2003	1er Cru Classé Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Half	£45.00
857	Château d?Yquem 1997	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Half	£220.00
856	Château d'Yquem 1996	1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France	Half	£240.00
859	Hermitage Vin de Paille 1999	Chapoutier, Rhône, France	Half	£170.00
530	Weisser Schilfmand Muskat Ottonel 1998	Willi Opitz, Neusiedlersee,  Austria	Half	£50.00
531	Trockenbeerenauslese No. 12  2002	Alois Kracher, Neusiedlersee, Austria	Half	£90.00
880	Torcolato Breganze Vino Dolce 2006	Maculan, Veneto, Italy	Half	£39.00
890	Elysium Black Muscat 2010	Andrew Quady, California	Half	£27.00
891	Grandjó Late Harvest 2006	Real Companhia Vehla, Douro, Portugal 	Half 	£48.00
892	Cabernet Franc Icewine 2007	Peller Family Estate, Niagara, Canada 	Half 	£85.00
895	Noble One 2007	Botrytis Semillion de Bortoli, Victoria, Australia	Half	£50.00

Niepoort Secundum Vintage 1999	£11.00		bin506	Delaforce 1977	Bottle	£95.00
Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage 2007	£6.50		bin507	Croft 1985	Bottle	£95.00
Graham?s 10 year old Tawny	£9.50		bin508	Warre 1985	Bottle	£95.00
Niepoort Dry White	£4.50		bin509	Fonseca 1983	Bottle	£105.00
Valdespino PX sweet Sherry	£7.00		bin510	Taylor's 1985	Bottle	£120.00
Henriques & Henriques 10 year old 	£10.00		bin512	Graham's 1977	Bottle
Malmsey Madeira			bin513	Dow 1970	Bottle	£195.00
			bin514	Taylor's 1970	Bottle	£195.00

Island Malts are the easiest of all to recognise. They taste salty and seaweedy with a high peaty flavour.	 	Speyside Malts the heartland of malt production offers wide ranges from sweet sherry-like malts to 
			lighter more subtle varieties.
Ardbeg 10 year old (Islay)	£8.00			
Ardbeg Uigeadail (Islay)	£14.50		Aberlour 10 year old	£5.50
Ardbeg Supernova (Islay)	£25.00		Balvenie 12 year old double wood	£6.75
Bowmore Darkest (Islay)	£12.50		Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel	£14.00
Bunnahabhain 12 year old (Islay)	£7.00		Benromach Sassicaia finish	£7.00

Highland Park 12 year old (Orkney)	£7.25		Benromach Organic

Jura Superstition	£8.00		Cragganmore 12 year old	£6.50
Lagavulin 16 year old (Islay) 	£9.75		Glenfiddich 12 year old 	£6.00
Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition (Islay) 	£14.00		Glenlivet 12 year old 	£6.50
Laphroaig 10 year old (Islay)	£6.50		Macallan 10 year old 	£6.50
Talisker 10 year old (Skye)	£7.50		Macallan 18 year old

Talisker 25 year old 58.1% (Skye)	£35.00			
Tobermory 10 year old (Mull)	£7.00			
Highland Malts geographically the largest of all regions, although Speyside has more distillers. Their malts tend to be firm and dry in character, with some peatiness. 		Lowland Malts tend to taste lighter than their Highland or Island counterparts, due to the difference in climate and natural elements
Dalmore King Alexander III	£35.00		Auchentoshan 12 year old	£6.50
Dalwhinnie 15 year old
		Glenkinchie 12 year old

Edradour 10 year old 
Glengoyne 10 year old	£6.75		Campbeltown Malts display peaty and robust traces of the sea.

Glenmorangie 10 year old
		of the sea.
Glenmorangie Signet
Oban 14 year old
		Springbank 10 year old                                          	£7.50
Old Pulteney 12 year old
Cognac			Calvados	
Courvoisier VS	£5.50		Château Dupont Rèserve Pays d?Auge	£9.50
Remy Martin VSOP	£7.50		Lemorton 1957	£40.00
Courvoiser Napoleon	£16.00			
Hennessy Grande Champagne 1976	£17.00			
Hennessy Grande Champagne 1977	£17.00			
Hine Antique	£20.00		Eaux de Vie	
Hennessy XO	£25.00		Kirsch d'Alsace.  Miclo	£6.50
			Grappa Monovitigno Il Moscato.  Nonino	£8.00
Armagnac			Framboise Grande Réserve.  Miclo	£9.00
Janneau VSOP	£8.00		Poire William.  Miclo	£9.00
Castarède Bas Armagnac 1972	£16.00			
Domaine Boignères Bas Armagnac 1985	£18.00			
SHERRIES, PORTS, MADEIRAS 70ml                                      MALT WHISKIES, DIGESTIFS, LIQUEURS 35ml

Hand-made Massimo blend coffee, roasted in Scotland in small batches and air-cooled.
-Americano, flat white, cappuccino, espresso, caffe latte, mocha. Additional cups are complimentary.
or a selection of Twinings teas served with petit fours	£4.95
Liqueur, Gaelic, Irish coffee  £8.95

The Witchery Table d'Hote Menu 
3 courses for £30.00

Roast butternut squash and oregano velouté, aged parmesan

 Ham hock, bacon collar and pig's cheek terrine,
broccoli piccalilli, toasted walnut loaf

Hot smoked Loch Duart salmon, cauliflower purée,
 radish salad, cucumber dressing

Daube de boeuf, celeriac purée,
horseradish duchesse, pickled carrots

Pan-roasted Atlantic black bream, 
Jerusalem artichoke, wild garlic, wild mushrooms,
lobster mayonnaise

Seasonal vegetable tagine, spiced cous cous

Rhubarb and ginger crème brulée

Knickerbocker glory

Choice of cheese from today?s selection, quince, Kenmore oatcakes