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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%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“brie” (5 reviews)
“cake” (13 reviews)
Open Now
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Hours
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

We only stopped for a drink and a cake but there was an interesting menu all based on music and the program of music in the evening was tempting with free access for some of the evenings.

Thank Ghislaine334
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Comfy, nice food, pleasant staff. We called for a beer and had a sandwich, came with accompaniments.

1  Thank LynnBrookes
Reviewed 5 July 2017

After taking a tour of Kirkwall my husband and I stopped for a light lunch here before going back to our cruise ship. The eating area inside had a number of small tables and chairs and was packed when we were there. You could also...More

Thank TheAverageTourist
Reviewed 26 June 2017

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 25 June 2017 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 24 June 2017

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 23 June 2017 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 22 June 2017 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 18 June 2017

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 17 June 2017

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
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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