Upon our recent trip to my hometown of Edinburgh we decided to celebrate by treating ourselves to one night staying in what must be one of the most over-the-top and special accommodations in all of the world, The Inner Sanctum at The Witchery on Edinburgh’s Castle Hill. As well as these baroquely extravagant lodgings, The Witchery is also highly regarded in culinary circles, recently being named fourth in a recently-published list of the Best Restaurants in England and Scotland put together by popular website The Daily Meal.
Owned by the Wildeanly colourful restaurateur and hotelier James Thomson OBE, The Witchery, housed in a delightful 16th century building within Boswell’s Court, has been in operation since the tail end of the 1970s. It was such an extreme pleasure to return to Edinburgh and have the opportunity to both enjoy the bountifully indulgent pleasures of The Inner Sanctum as well as the culinary and service excellence on display in the restaurant’s breathtakingly romantic candlelit Secret Garden.
Headed up by Chef Douglas Roberts, the kitchen showcases the very best of Scottish seafood, beef, lamb, and game. The room itself is expertly managed by the gracious hospitality veteran Steve Hall, another alumnus of the much-lamented Atrium restaurant. Service is up there with some of the very best I have experienced anywhere, Hall having assembled a crack team of the most knowledgable and passionate young professionals I have witnessed in quite some time.
If you do happen to find yourself over in Edinburgh and feel like indulging with that very special person in your life, I can recommend no establishment more highly than The Witchery’s charming Secret Garden followed by an evening within the glorious Inner Sanctum. You’ll certainly be glad you did!
For reservations and booking look at The Witchery website here.
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he just wishes that he had seen his old friend Roxy, Dolly.