Lucky enough to be in the beautiful city of Edinburgh this weekend for a wedding, I decided to book a group of us in for a recovery Sunday lunch at the fabulous Witchery restaurant. Having heard nothing but glowing reports, it’s been up there for years now on my list of places to visit, nestled in my notepad between The Eagle and The Harwood Arms.
Situated at the top of the Royal Mile, just a few hundred metres from Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery is hidden behind a row of ancient buildings, in a gothic building over 400 years old. It has become an Edinburgh institution over the years, owned and run by restaurateur/hotelier James Thomson. With a menu offering the best of Scottish produce, we ordered the obligatory bottle of Burgundy before tucking into “Witchery haggis, neeps and tatties”, smoked fish from the Inverawe smokehouse, and “Three Little Pigs” (pork cutlet, roast belly, trotter stuffed with black pudding, grilled shoulder bacon, parsnips and apple sauce), as well as roast Cairngorm venison served with squash, purple figs, wild garlic and chocolate oil.
Impressively, The Witchery uses the finest local suppliers, sourcing produce from local foragers, farmers, fishermen, growers, cheesemakers, smokers, butchers and gamekeepers in Scotland, to keep its menu fresh and seasonal. If, like myself in the past, you have tried and failed to book into The Witchery as its many loyal fans have booked themselves in months in advance, do try its sister rooftop restaurant The Tower, for some of the best views in Edinburgh.