The Witchery is located in an historic 16th-century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. On entry, it is easy to see why it has been described as Edinburgh's most atmospheric and magical dining destination and why it is so respected among locals.
There are two dining areas, which consist of the jewel-like Witchery dining room, frequented by many celebrities, and the spectacular Secret Garden, which is a favourite for the lunchtime procession. Once seated, conversation turns inevitably to the majestic interior and the history surrounding The Witchery - if no one on your table knows the story then a waiter is always on hand to fill you in.
The Witchery is renowned for sourcing the very best of Scotland's produce, such as Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood, which feature on a classic menu in a relaxed and unfussy style. Scottish lobster and rock oysters regularly appear alongside Witchery classic dishes, such as hot smoked salmon with leeks and hollandaise or Angus beef fillet with smoked garlic broth. Both an a la carte and set menu are available at lunchtime. The set menu is very affordable and great for the more time-pressed. The only downside is that the dessert menu is too delicious to resist.
Where: 352 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
Contact: 0131 255 5613
How much: £12.50 for two courses as part of the set menu. A la
carte prices vary