A gothic-style restaurant (with dark panelled walls), near the Castle gates and dating back to the late 16thcentury. It takes its name from the hundreds of Witches burnt nearby, at the stake, during the reign of James V1. However, nowadays, the dining room has a romantic, candlelit atmosphere.
Although the owners like to describe the menu as Modern Scottish in style, classical French cooking is the base.
Expect to find the likes of 'Roast Foie Gras'; 'Roast Breast of Tweed ValleyWild Pigeon with a Fig & Shallot Tart' and a soup - such as 'Roast Parsnip, Ginger & Lime' - among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Steak Tartare with Fried Quails'; 'Wild Sea Bass bake with Rosemary and a Chorizo & Broad Bean Cassoulet' and 'Whole Grilled Dover Sole with Escabeche Sauce' among the mains.
If you still have room, try the 'Dark Chocolate Torte with Lavender Ice Cream; 'Griottine Cherry & Chocolate Gateau' or their selection of Scottish Farmhouse Cheeses.
Prices are firm, to say the least, but it's a real special occasion place - especially if eating outside, on a warm summer evening. If a little daunted by this, the Tower Restaurant on top of The Museum of Scotland, is under the same ownership, and offers marvellous views of the city, and good food for a more modest outlay.
- Food Style: Modern Scottish
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-16.00; set L £13.95 (2 courses); mains from £15- £36.95
- Dinner: all week; 17.30-18.30 & 22.30-23.00; set D £13.95 (2 courses); mains from £15-£36.95
- Seats: 90 (plus 15 outside)
- Wine: a well-chosen, but over-lengthy,wine list kicks off at £15.95
- Wheelchair access: Yes, with difficulty, phone ahead - but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: check up about Christmas openings
- Outside eating