Now in its fourth decade, the Witchery is probably Scotland’s best-known restaurant and restaurant-with-rooms, a favourite of both visitors to the city and its fiercely loyal local clientele. Over the years the Witchery has grown to include the elegant the Secret Garden restaurant and a collection of eight uniquely sumptuous and quirky luxury suites.
The Witchery by the Castle has been joined by a growing collection of distinctive hotel and restaurant properties including the city’s first rooftop restaurant, the Tower, opulent Rhubarb and his startlingly decadent historic five red star hotel, Prestonfield
the Witchery by the Castle has just nine fabulously original and indulgent suites. Frequently described as one of the world’s most romantic destinations and as one of the seven wonders of the hotel world by Cosmopolitan, each has its own unique quirks and charms. Whichever suite you choose you’ll find glamour, indulgence, luxury and roll top baths for two.
Mr Q and I have decided that we wish to stay in the Inner Sanctum. It’s the Witchery’s very-first suite and features an antique Victorian bath in the lacquer red bathroom, a tartan-lined study and a lavishly draped four-poster bed in the rich red and gold bedroom. It’s packed with antiques and collectibles. This spacious first floor suite was the very first suite created by James Thomson at the Witchery. It is exceptionally romantic and gothic, with an antique four-poster bed, a raised dining area and a separate study/sitting room tricked out in tartan. A favourite with visiting celebrities, this suite features a wonderfully restored Victorian bath and shower and a mass of antiques in the lacquer-red bathroom. Other features include a tapestry draped four-poster bed, and window seats overlooking the Royal Mile together with masses of antiques, military uniforms and collectibles.
Both the original oak-panelled Witchery and the Secret Garden, with its delightful private terrace, are unique and memorable venues for private dining and celebrations in the historic heart of Edinburgh. The elegant charms of the Secret Garden are on of the city’s best-kept secrets. Hidden along an historic Old Town close, this now-enclosed historic courtyard is the most magical dining destinations in Scotland. Entering past the pulpit reception, your guests will descend the stone stairs to dine under an awesome painted ceiling with French windows opening onto a secluded private terrace.