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The Reel

) #6 of 28 Restaurants in Kirkwall $$ - $$$ , Cafe, British
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“soup” (10 reviews)
“music shop” (24 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 18:00All hours
Bar, Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 281 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

An eclectic mix of tourist gifts ,proprietors art and a cafe which served coffee and snacks. It appeared to be in search of an identity

Thank kevin d
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped in here for a light lunch. Good selection of bases plus fillings, everything from pizza and pittas to jacket potatoes and oatcakes. Select your base and then the fillings either from their suggested combinations or create your own. Good selection of drinks, both alcoholic...More

Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 4 days ago

A funny little place - part music venue - part coffee shop - part bar - part music shop. lots of live music groups practising which you can sit and listen to whilst you have a pint - so well recommended for visitors who make...More

Thank FairyLights7
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went to the Reel for a drink and a coffee on one of their Wednesday Music Nights. Had a great evening being entertained by the Orkney Accordian and Fiddle Club.

Thank David S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

lovely staff great service and in an excellent location next to the cathedral kitchen closes at 1700 and bar at 1800 but they have a programme of music evenings

Thank RhosOnSeaPeter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon. Great paninis! Many choices on their menu. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Restaurant does need some updating but that fact doesn't interfere with their food! Try it.

Thank Maggie4852
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate there on our visit to Kirkwall which is excellent for a gourmet sandwich break which is very hearty and very good. The cakes are also famous.

Thank FabriceFavard
Reviewed 1 week ago

And unusual inn. Or coffee shop. Or recording studio. Depends which floor you are on, but we were largely interested in coffee, which is ground floor. The coffee was good. The atmosphere and ambience reasonable. Men - if going to the loo, train for mountaineering,...More

Thank Barrie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely spot in Kirkwall. They offer lots of delicious treats including Gluten Free options! Recommend

Thank Patty103_103
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mum would have loved it here. Elderly Musicians playing endless medleys of wartime favourites with violins, piano and a dozen accordions coordinating to create a display of a bygone era. Schoolmistress-type pianist runs it all from a standup piano and sheets of well rehearsed...More

Thank Paul H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
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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