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Ayre Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Scottish, Bar
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Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
+44 1856 873001
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Worthing, England
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there for dinner on a Saturday evening after another hotel had closed their kitchen. They were busy, but that really is the only excuse. I told the waitress I was allergic to onions and peppers, my food arrived with a salad including both onions and peppers. The chips were awful, rubbery is the best description I can come... More 

Thank worthingite
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a lack of reasonable eateries for evening meal on Orkney but the Ayre Hotel is good value and very tasty. For those of you who enjoy large portions this is a must. For those of you who have smaller appetites the portions are far too large. However, having said that, the food is good quality and the menu... More 

1 Thank Susan M
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner the night we arrived. No matter where you go in the islands, make sure that you have dinner reservations. We had to eat at the hotel as every restaurant in town was booked. The food was plain, not very good, and the wait staff was inexperienced. We sat at a table barely big enough for 4 and... More 

Thank Maggie5698
Mumbles, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eat at the restaurant for three nights, on two occasions it was quite busy and I still had an excellent meal.

4 Thank Nic H
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565 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent evening meal here. We had a table in the conservatory overlooking the harbour and whilst very busy there was a lovely atmosphere. The staff were friendly and welcoming service was efficient and the food was very good. Portions size was large. Overall a very good experience.

4 Thank DDFarnham
1 review
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Average food for the cost. Lasagne dry, seafood salad very 70s with grated cheese Desserts and friendly staff the redeeming factor.

Thank Ann M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We ordered crab meat in Mary Rose sauce for starters which perhaps could have benefitted from less sauce as the crab is so nice on its own! We then had: scallops and prawn rice (average) as well as one seafood combo platter - I liked it and felt it was well served given the extra goujons or breaded hot items.... More 

Thank GrisyGer
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was busy but the staff managed to fit us in despite not having booked. The seafood combo was first class. Lots of well cooked fresh fish. My guests choose the salmon from the specials. Both looked great we a nice size piece of fish. The service was prompt. Overall a good meal.

4 Thank wayne j
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed st the Ayre hotel while in Kirkwall and after a long day we decided just to eat in the hotel. The restaurant was great with a good level of choice from fresh Orkney fish and seafood platters to Orkney beef. We all had something different and were all very happy with the portions, the taste and the price.... More 

4 Thank George C
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

February is perhaps not the best month to holiday in Orkney but while many places are closed, we really enjoyed our evening meal at the Ayre zhotel. Service was efficient and friendly and the food was good

5 Thank Susan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
British, Scottish, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 873001

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?