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The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

The Royal Mile
Scotland EH1 2NF
Tel: 44 131 225 5613's insider take:

With its atmospheric oak-paneled main dining room and airy converted courtyard (known as the Secret Garden), dinner at this 16th-century building near the castle gates verges on the theatrical. The menu of classic preparations has a distinctly Scottish flavor: foie gras parfait with truffle jelly and brioche toast; roast filet of Buccleuch beef with a horseradish mousseline; seafood platter (oysters, langoustines, clams, mussels, crab, smoked salmon, and a lobster). If you just can't get enough of the tapestries, gilding, and rich fabrics, stay overnight in one of the seven romantic suites upstairs.

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