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$$ - $$$, British,
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (19 reviews)
“burger” (43 reviews)
“fish and chips” (39 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 675 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited here on the last night of my birthday weekend away, we'd come in at lunch time to book and we're told they could only squeeze us in at 8.30pm (this was reiterated 3 times). We dutifully turned up at 8.30pm to find the...More

1  Thank fenny89
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for dinner as home for a few days. Great choice on the menu. Fish and chips were good washed done with some ale. Great staff.

Thank Laurence B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting family in kirkwall, we just had a lovely meal delis Indian restaurant, and decided to go for a drink to finish off the evening, we headed around the Helgi’s as it was always a pub we enjoyed to go into, but was...More

1  Thank Bramley E
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Through the winter we have a pub quiz every Thursday night and the tables are usually booked out from 9pm. This is a fair enough practice surely. The staff would have explained this to you politely. So I really don't know how you could be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

There are not a lot of good places to eat on the Orkney Islands, but this is one. Have reservations or, as we did, arrive early for dinner. The service was excellent (you order at the bar and the staff brings the food to your...More

Thank Pegtrav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there for dinner and chose the bangers and mash (slightly different name in the menu). Very pleasant food - strongly recommended. There are a few local beers on tap, which is also good.

Thank neumanth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the whole evening here with some new colleagues while working on the island. Food and drink were excellent. Really enjoyed the whiskey. Would definitely go back.

Thank Bix M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We sat in the bar for a before dinner drink it was entertaining. There are a few booths as well. Dinner was upstairs in a nothing special small room. Service was good. The Spivey prawn starter was very good. The crab pasta could do with...More

Thank doreenandneil
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely food in a lovely pub atmosphere down by the harbour. Some of the best starters. Crab in particular.

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Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks you so much for your excellent review! Our potted crab has been very popular over the summer, and will be a miss on our winter menu! Hopefully you will return soon to try our crab linguine instead!

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Good range of local ales and good pub food. Lots of pub atmosphere in comfortable surroundings highly recommend.

Thank BeepeeFalkirk
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A big thank you for your review, we really appreciate your comments and love to hear when people have enjoyed our little pub!

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Excellent pub with wonderful dinner food. Located in downtown Kirkwall near the harbor. Had a massive Haggis burger and my wife enjoyed a wonderful surf & turf dish. Meals were very reasonable compared to other locations and the portions were ample. The bar was well...More

Thank Waimoku
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Helgi's, thank you so much for reviewing us. We hope that one day you will be able to visit us again some day.

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23 April 2017|
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Response from LoobyFife | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so it's a very small bar area
10 May 2016|
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Response from christinerousay | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for a late response, Yes they do take reservations.
Gill T
28 December 2015|
Response from Kelly M | Property representative |
Hi, yes we do. We have gluten free options which include full meals and gluten free bread and tortillas options with most speciality sandwiches. Our menu is also coded to show which dishes are gluten free.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$33
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 879293
  • E-mail
Firstly it is important for any new visitors trying to book or visit Helgi's to know that we are an over 18's only bar. That includes throughout the building and at all times. Helgi's is a small cosy pub overlooking the harbour. We serve good pub food of the home cooking variety, trying to use local produce where possible. We have a great selection of local ales in bottles and three Rob Hill ales on draft, we also have a good selection of Orcadian and Scottish whisky, and our wine list has been selected by our local wine expert, Duncan McLean from Kirkness & Gorie. We also offer a great selection of cocktails, beers and spirits. Please be aware that we have an over 18's only licence, which means that we cannot allow children, even for meals.
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