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Skerries Bistro

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Banks | Cleat, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831605
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Wed - Mon 18:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The building itself is modern & has been architecturally designed with lots go glass everywhere to maximise that feeling of looking out over the cliffs edge. The views are simply stunning, on a good day you can see the mainland & on a stormy day its the perfect place to sit & watch the world pass by. The food is... More 

Thank Team0liver
St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The end of the road but oh so worth going!! The food was outstanding particularly the scallops which we were told were caught by the owner's family. The atmosphere was fresh, upscale and felt at one with the location. We could not stop looking through the huge windows onto the ocean.

2 Thank travelgolly
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I came here with the family for an evening meal in late July. After visiting the Tomb of the Eagles (located nearby) we dined here and my word...what an experience! The food was all locally sourced and luckily due to arriving early, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the special of the day...Orkney half lobster. The seafood was freshly caught... More 

1 Thank Terence G
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

It is well worth the drive to this great location to sample the fresh and tasty food on offer whilst taking in the fabulous view.

2 Thank LAM791
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

After a good walk to the Tomb of Eagles and back we discovered Skerries at just the right time - lunchtime! We had a delicious seafood chowder followed by langoustines with a glass of white wine.

1 Thank Janet F
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We dined here numerous times for both lunch and dinner during a long stay on Orkney and enjoyed every occasion. The spotlessly-clean and very modern Skerries Bistro is on the same site as Banks Neolithic burial chamber ("The Tomb of the Otters"). It has a superb view across the Pentland Firth and on a clear day there is no better... More 

1 Thank Nigel J
Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had dinner here once dring our stay in Orkneys. The restaurant is on the top of te cliffs at the south of the main island. It's quite a long ride to get there (1/2 hour from kirkwall) but it's worth it! The main room has a woderful view on the sea and we could enjoy the sunset while eating,... More 

1 Thank Francesca B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We went one evening when the sun was setting - what a wonderful location! The food was excellent and the whole experience very relaxed. Suggest booking as off the beaten track, its easy to find but there are limited plan b's. Lovelly place and not many around where you canalso watch a short eared owl hunting.

Thank deukerens
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Had read some reviews on The Skerries Bistro and knew I just had to visit. I called for lunch on a Tuesday as they are only open lunchtimes on Tuesday, luckily got there around 2.30pm just as the rush was declining, as I had not booked a table, but wow what a treat of really tasty fresh seafood that I... More 

Thank Yorkie1948
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

A wonderful find, amazing views, well worth a visit. An instant warm welcome with first class service, food of an excellent standard.

Thank Stephen B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 40
Seafood, British, Soups, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banks | Cleat, KW17 2RW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  South Ronaldsay
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 831605
Open from April to October, we serve lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily from 11:00 - 17:00 and 18:00 - 21:00. Closed Tuesday evening. We specialise in local fresh fish and shellfish including Pollock, Cod, Hand Dived Scallops, Crab and Lobster. We also have vegetarian dishes and can cater for any special dietary requirements. During the day, we have vegetable soups, sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes, cream teas, selection of coffees and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. Our food is fresh and simple and we use Orkney produce whenever possible. We bake our own bread as well as all cakes and desserts.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?