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The Reel

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, Cafe, British
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“brie” (5 reviews)
“soup” (11 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Great selection of food - good choice of gluten free including toasties and soup - it was very busy when we were there as there was a cruise ship visiting the Island - still got a nice welcome and good service - we sat outside...More

Thank 242aligirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place to grab a bite and Coffee or Drink, Tasty snacks and Cakes very Friendly Staff and helpful, also great wifi.

Thank Cruiser95
Reviewed 1 week ago

Light snacks, wide choices of drinks, hot, cold and alcoholic. Live music sometimes. Real countryside feel.

Thank Diane F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by for drinks after dinner and were fortunate to enjoy excellent live music. It was friendly and each talented musician took a turn to perform a piece. A great way to hear a variety of music.

Thank CynthiaCanberra
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a tourist trap for all the folks coming in off the cruise ships. Limited menu in the pub. Not bad but there are better choices available.

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Thank Conrad B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I visited The Reel twice while visiting Kirkwall on our adventure tour to trace family history. We were staying within a short walk of this pub and it made for a great evening. We heard about the music evening and decided to...More

Thank Magnolia_Valley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible place. Poor layout, slow service, sticky atmosphere of a pub that tries to stay open all day and doesn't have time or inclination to clean up. Used as coffee shop by some and a pub by others.

Thank G B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well placed in the town, coffee was delicious and a great variety of homemade cakes. It was a daily treat on our holiday.

Thank fifer2003
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting with family and came here twice in the same day. First for a spot of lunch (very nice food) then came back at night to see some live music. Fiddles and guitars...such a lovely vibe and atmosphere from everyone involved. Very cosy way to...More

Thank Eliza D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

And cake. The hot chocolate with marshmallows, cream and flake was excellent. Service fine - no problems. Main toilets a couple of floors up - not sure if there was a disabled toilet on ground floor? Think there was.

Thank Rob Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
08:30 - 18:00
08:30 - 18:00
08:30 - 18:00
08:30 - 18:00
08:30 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 871000
  • E-mail
The Reel In 2002 the Wrigley Sisters returned to Orkney to live and set up their business, and in 2004 The Reel was established, allowing them to ‘put something back into’ the community of Orkney.’ "With both lasses having now settled back in Orkney their attention has turned to managing the ‘Reel’ – the sisters’ Centre of Music on Broad Street in Kirkwall. The centre has experienced phenomenal success in the few years it has been open, to the extent that it has recently moved to the building formerly occupied by VisitOrkney, next to St Magnus Cathedral. "Aswell as a being home to many folk & blues sessions and the Orkney Strathspey and Reel, The Reel also holds various classes in many different instruments taught by a wealth of talented teachers. The Reel offers and encourages a fully ‘inclusive’ approach, catering for all members of the community, especially families, and all age groups. The existing aesthetics, atmosphere and management approach fully encourages, supports and positively impacts upon this ethos. The management’s existing attitude and approach to providing a high quality and friendly customer service is also considered exemplary.
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