The AA breakfast award 2016
The AA 5 Gold star rating for restaurant with rooms Gols award 2016
5 Gold Star rating from VisitScotland for restaurant with rooms 2015
Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence 2015
James Thomson finalist in the Scottish Business Awards 2014
The AA UK Wine Award 2013
The AA Wine Award for Scotland 2013
5 Gold Star rating from VisitScotland - their highest accolade 2014
Eat Scotland Silver Award 2013
The AA Five Yellow Stars - highly commended 2014
The AA - Where to stay and Eat on Scotland 2014
The AA recommended restaurant - One Rosette 2013
The AA - Notable Wine List Award 2012
Good Hotel Guide listing 2013-14
Sunday Times Travel Awards Best City Bolthole
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1995
Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence 2013 and since 2004
Room for Romance Hotel of the Year Award for Britain’s Sexiest Suites
Mr & Mrs Smith Guide to Britain’s sexiest hotels
The Seven Wonders of the Hotel World, Cosmopolitan Magazine
Scotland’s Most Romantic Hotel, Scotland on Sunday
Scotland’s Ten Best Rooms, Sunday Times Scotland
Ten Most Romantic Destinations, Men’s Health Magazine
The 4th most Romantic Destination in the World, The Independent Newspaper
Top Romantic Honeymoon Destination, from Wedding Magazine putting us on a par with the Ritz
Macallan Taste of Scotland Restaurant of the Year Award, 2002
Sunday Times Regeneration Award for the creation of the Secret Garden Restaurant
Domecq la Ina Most Civilised Dining room Award
Courvoisier The Best of the Best Awards for the Witchery and Secret Garden
Fromers Highly Recommended & Frommer’s Favourites
Scotch Beef Club member
Decanter Magazine Wine List of the Year for six consecutive years at the Witchery
Luxury Edinburgh founder Member
Connoisseur's Scotland member
OBE James Thomson was awarded an OBE for service to hospitality and Scottish Tourism in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Restaurateur of the Year for James Thomson 2009
Chevalier de la Commanderie du Clos Montmartre & Defender of the Auld Alliance 2011
Silver Thistle The highest accolade in tourism, presented to James by the First Minister
Honorary Doctorate from Napier University
Asssociations of Colleges Gold Award presented to James Thomson 2009
Hospitality Industry Trust Industry Achievement Award for James Thomson 2002
Chevalier of the Order of the Tasse de Vin, for James Thomson 2001
Industry Achievement Award for James Thomson, Tourist Board Thistle Awards 1999
Spirit of Scotland Awards Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards finalist 1999 & 2003
BT Vision 100 Index member of the annual index of the UK’s 100 most visionary organisations
Investor in People, the Witchery was the first independent restaurant in Scotland to be accredited in 1998
Company of the Year, Lothian Business Excellence Awards 2000.
The Quality Scotland Awards for Business Excellence Highly Commended, 2000
Quality Scotland, Awarded Membership of Scotland’s EFQM assessing organisation inn 2001
National Business Awards for Scotland 2000 Commended Finalist
Almost as famous as the Castle itself. Harpers & Queen
Its theatrical suites are decadent hideaways that regularly feature among the great places in the world to stay. The Guardian
The Witchery is right in the middle of the action, but it's so gorgeous you'll have difficulty leaving your room to go out. 'Lavish' is an understatement for the way these generously proportioned rooms are decorated with antiques, tapestries and drapes. It might be sensory overload for some people, but this is the place for those who like their beds four-poster and their baths designed for two.
A worldwide reputation for sensational food in the most indulgent setting.
Outrageously gothic, and just a broomstick hop from Edinburgh Castle, the Witchery has nine suites, and is the place to stay if your pockets are as deep as the blood-red velvet curtains on the four-posters. Organ pipes for a bed head in the Vestry, a stuffed mallard by the bath in the Inner Sanctum — this is a fabulous, shamelessly camp temple of too-muchness. It’s obvious why Jack Nicholson’s not the only celeb to make it his Edinburgh home from home.
The Sunday Times
Quite honestly the most spectacular restaurant in town, and like nowhere else. The food is ridiculously impressive.
The Itchy Guide
It is the most atmospheric place in Edinburgh for a luxurious night’s sleep.
Baroque opulence. As for the food think lobster ravioli…think roast crown of squab pigeon with foie gras…think about booking in advance.
Gillian Glover, The Scotsman
Edinburgh’s most romantic hotel/restaurant boasts a gothic history, prestigious location and a celebrity guest list most proprietors would die for. Impressed? The Witchery will leave you spellbound.
It's not hard to see why Dannii Minogue described The Witchery as 'the perfect lust den'. The Gothic suites at this restaurant with rooms will give you a sensory overload.
Top spot for a romantic dinner.
The Daily Telegraph
It’s hard not to be bewitched by the gothic grandeur, countless candles and theatrical dining experience of the Witchery.
Hedonist’s heaven in the heart of Edinburgh.
Room for Romance
In this jewel box setting Lord Irvine would be green with envy.
Scotland on Sunday
The dog’s bollocks.
Gail Hipgrave, Cosmopolitan
The most exceptional and atmospheric in town.
Peter Irvine, Scotland the Best
Destination dining in a historic location.
The best restaurateur I know.
Clarissa Dickson Wright
A reputation others would die for
Scotland on Sunday
James Thomson is Edinburgh’s star restaurateur
Opulent eccentricity... flamboyant decor, attention to detail and cossetting service create an environment of pure decadence.