An Amazing Treat; The Witchery in Edinburgh!


To celebrate my wife Nicola’s birthday, and our wedding anniversary, we decided to get away from it all with another short trip to Edinburgh, using the free 1st class tickets I earned through the East Coast rewards scheme (2nd time we’ve been able to get £750 of tickets for free!).

secret garden restaurant

The Secret Garden restaurant

We had initially booked up the same five star hotel we stayed at before (Missoni), but while looking for somewhere romantic to eat, I found The Witchery, which not only had an amazing looking restaurant (The Secret Garden), but also some amazing suites – 8 special individual ‘rooms’ to stay.   We booked the Sempill suite – as the bedroom looked amazing on the website.

Well it turned out that suite doesn’t even do it justice.. a long corridor leads to a kitchen, dining room / sitting room, lovely big bathroom, and a huge bedroom with a four poster bed.  The rooms are all like something you’d imagine in a castle or stately home – walls covered by oak panelling and rich fabrics. What a special place to stay!  OK it’s not cheap, but this is a get-away for a special occasion, and right next to the Castle itself.

The suites come with a bottle of champers, and in the morning a basket of goodies delivered for breakfast – what a start to the day! So if you fancy something special for you and a loved one, I can definately recommend   and no, I’m not on a percentage!

For dinner I had a pigeon starter (one way to get rid of em!), and  Cote de Boeuf main – which was a big platter of fantastic thick sliced beer.. seasoned so you don’t need anything with it.. with triple cooked chips and salad.   Bottle of good Chablis to wash it down.. then a pud; chocolate brioche bread n butter pudding with ice-cream …  which was sweet and very nice!  Had a glass of Sauternes desert wine with it just to make an effort 🙂

The restaurant has a garden behind it, and the sun was shining through when we first started eating, but as the sun went down, the candles on every table and between/over the tables came into their own, as the only light. That made it feel very private and romantic.

UPDATE:  We are going to do the same thing in 2015 – using free 1st class train tickets to travel there and back, and this time staying in the Turret suite.  A bit of a treat as I’ve just got a new job (senior analyst programmer).

Author: Krispy

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