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The Reel

6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here for drinks after dinner and to hear the music. Wednesday nights there is the Accordion and Fiddle Club - pick up group with quite a few accordions and fiddles. We loved the music which was a mix of local and other Scottish...More

Thank Whistledown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went twice, first to hear the accordion and fiddle band that plays there one night a week. Also called in for lunch and to buy plectrums for my ukulele. What more could one ask for!

Thank Chiseldon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here on a Saturday night when they were playing traditional music. We loved it and would recommend coming along to listen to some "reel" (lol!) Orcadian music. I believe that it is also a music school and cafe during the day. It had...More

Thank RaddyGriffWood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great selection of food - good choice of gluten free including toasties and soup - it was very busy when we were there as there was a cruise ship visiting the Island - still got a nice welcome and good service - we sat outside...More

Thank 242aligirl
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Excellent place to grab a bite and Coffee or Drink, Tasty snacks and Cakes very Friendly Staff and helpful, also great wifi.

Thank Cruiser95
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Light snacks, wide choices of drinks, hot, cold and alcoholic. Live music sometimes. Real countryside feel.

Thank Diane F
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We stopped by for drinks after dinner and were fortunate to enjoy excellent live music. It was friendly and each talented musician took a turn to perform a piece. A great way to hear a variety of music.

Thank CynthiaCanberra
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A bit of a tourist trap for all the folks coming in off the cruise ships. Limited menu in the pub. Not bad but there are better choices available.

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Thank Conrad B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

My daughter and I visited The Reel twice while visiting Kirkwall on our adventure tour to trace family history. We were staying within a short walk of this pub and it made for a great evening. We heard about the music evening and decided to...More

Thank Magnolia_Valley
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Terrible place. Poor layout, slow service, sticky atmosphere of a pub that tries to stay open all day and doesn't have time or inclination to clean up. Used as coffee shop by some and a pub by others.

Thank G B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, 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
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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