The Witchery by the Castle

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It has iconic status within the restaurant scene, although more for its unique setting cheek-by-jowl with the Castle and a theatrical ambience that draws heavily on a macabre gothic theme. There are two dining venues, the darker original restaurant with its wood panelling and dark symbolism, and the airier and rather fantastical Secret Garden. The food – improved in recent years – is rich and expensive. Special early- and late-dining menus are one way to get a flavour without breaking the bank.

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