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The Reel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Soups
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6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
08:30 - 18:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good value for money and good sustenance in an ambiance that is welcoming and on the trendy side of shabby chic. Only drawback is the cold draught when the side door is opened!

Thank AScotsman1150
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to hear traditional Orkney musicians this is the place to visit. Good food and a great choice of local brews. Some of the sessions are free and others it is best to buy tickets in advance.

Thank Kenny B
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This place is run by Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, two excellent Orkney musicians who decided to create a dedicated music school to promote the music of the area. The entire operation is great - sessions most nights in the bar as well as music classes in the many different rooms during the day. The cafe serves good, basic food and... More 

Thank chrisatobm
Paisley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

£5.10 for a "platter" of oatcakes with Cheddar cheese. Four oatcakes (I can get eight for 60p in the supermarket, and frequently do) and some plasticy grated cheese. Not impressed. I was in at lunchtime so maybe it's better at night with a bit of atmosphere.

Thank generationangel
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was looking for some local entertainment on a Friday night, and I was told to go here. I drank a few excellent beers while I listened to locals play some of their favourite reels and other traditional music. It was a perfect end to a day of exploring.

Thank dinodorks
Glasgow, Scotland
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went in today. One girl behind bar who was obviously there due to school holidays. She hadn't a clue. Ordered a hot chocolate and Orkney gold beer. After 10 miniatures making 1. Hot chocolate and being charged I was informed she was not allowed to pour alcohol. Someone also appeared but no beer. Something wrong in the cellar. Hot chocolate... More 

Thank james46
Winchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We sought out this venue as it had really good reviews. We were disappointed. It wasn't particularly busy and 1 soup took over 45 mins to arrive! Very cramped and not very friendly.

Thank Rachelbadger
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We make a point of visiting The Reel when in Kirkwall. We like the local music and the atmosphere, which is very different to the normal music venue. The audience can be almost as interesting as the performers (eg mature local ladies knitting while they listen!).

Thank Scotty062
Bern, Switzerland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Located on the crossroads next to the Cathedral, this place is a real hub for locals and visitors alike. Even if you have no idea who the "Famous Wrigley Sisters" are (a local folk duo owning the place and also run a music school and recording studio in the building), you will appreciate the friendly vibe. On several nights a... More 

Thank JBelbo
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I am writing this as I sit in The Reel, Kirkwall just next to St Magnus Cathedral. The atmosphere is most convivial and the staff are both friendly and helpful. The food is always freshly prepared using local products. The background music is trad Scottish which is appropriate given that The Reel is owned and operated by one of Scotland's... More 

Thank Revd John N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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