Spellbinding: The Witchery Restaurant

GOTHIC REVIVAL: A bathtub built for two in the Old Rectory suite

With a name like the Witchery, Edinburgh's finest restaurant could be expected to capitalize on ghoulish camp. Instead, it oozes romance. Sure, the 16th century building, near Edinburgh Castle, has a macabre history: hundreds of suspected witches were burned at the stake here in the 1600s. But their spirits have been exorcized and now the most haunting thing about the place is its gothic elegance.

Lit exclusively by candlelight, the tapestry-draped main dining room is an ode to opulence: the seats are a rich red leather, the ceiling is gilded, and the walls are covered with oak panels...

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