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The Reel

6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“brie” (5 reviews)
“cake” (15 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We popped in here on a damp Sunday afternoon in September. Sure the coffee and cake were fine - but then they should be! However, the service was, well, pretty average. The young man who served us didn’t seem to be in love with his...More

Thank pakabay
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was a rainy Sunday so was a welcome break from being outside. Had a good cup ofcoffee and staff we friendly. Loads of info about music being played their in the week.

Thank beemanjohn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Evenings in The Reel have become a regular feature of our visits to Kirkwall: the fact that this venue is close to our holiday house is a bonus, but it is the music and the atmosphere that is the main attraction - although the beer...More

Thank Scotty062
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Amongst all the food and coffee shops in Orkney this one offers a bit more, tradition and some ‘reel’ home cooking. Firstly, food is nearly all made on the premises. The scones came out of the oven as we waited and were delicious. If you...More

Thank Ret40
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Went here for a takeaway coffee for 2 and cost nearly £8!! That's ridiculously expensive! Syrups not that good anyway!

Thank D C
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Only did coffee and cake but thoroughly enjoyed. All that we sampled very tasty. Would recommend as a great break from the high street or history.

Thank MKkim-Glasgow
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We had a delicious lunch in this absolutely charming cafe in the middle of Kirkwall. My husband enjoyed a local draft beer and I opted for the hot chocolate. It is always nice to have a true rich chocolate drink with real whip cream rather...More

Thank neenee561
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Although small, it has a great atmosphere. There is so much going on and the live performances are special. However seats can be at challenging to secure If during the day, a great place for a hot chocoholic and a cake

Thank BigAl1674
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Visited with Canadian family for a sandwich beer and coffee ordered tuna baguettes food freshly made and tasty Worth a Visit

Thank dundeetravellermrshc
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch!

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Cafe by day, live music by night - I assume the name comes from the musical forms of ‘Jigs and Reels’ as it has live traditional music (folk and jazz) in the evening. We had a lovely coffee and a piece of no so remarkable...More

Thank David C
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. Yes, that is where the name 'The Reel' comes from! The building also houses 'The Wrigley Sisters' School of Music' upstairs and a music shop. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and hope you make it...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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
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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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