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The Reel

6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (22 reviews)
“brie” (5 reviews)
“cake” (15 reviews)
Opens in 14 min
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Hours
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

...a coffee in Kirkwall, I would recommend the Reel. Excellent coffee, good service, WiFi abounds. Men’s loos 2 floors up, though! Central as can be. Recommended. Music lovers, this is for you!

1  Thank Richard L
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 June 2018

We stopped in for lunch. The food was great and the atmosphere was even better. It's a combination coffee & sandwich shop, music venue, and music store.

Thank tracyhartman
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit here. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate your nice comments!

Reviewed 30 May 2018

Quite dark inside, but fair prices, and if the weather is good you can sit out on the main street, which is much more pleasant!More

Thank Faedanorth
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry that you found it to be dark inside, we have never thought as it being a very dingy place - it's an old building with beautiful chandeliers in the original...More

Reviewed 30 May 2018

The Reel Restaurant is always packed to the Gunnels with interesting folk, whether they be tourists, locals or musicians. There is always good music on the go and delicious food to tempt you at the licensed bar, where you order and there is waiter/waitress service....More

Thank JeannineDesmoulins
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you very much for your lovely comments! We're very happy that you enjoyed your visit to The Reel so much, and hope you make it back again.

Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Cramped seating, dirty sticky tables and unfriendly service. Definitely not recommended. Better to look elsewhere.More

1  Thank Carol B
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hi Carol, Thanks for taking the time to write us a review, we are so sorry that you had such a bad experience on your visit. We were aware of the problem with the tables and were actually in the process of installing replacements these...More

Reviewed 18 May 2018

Located close to the St. Magnus Cathedral and my hotel, I went in for some coffee and a scone. Fast/friendly service, coffee and scone were tasty. Also hosts live entertainment at night. I would have gone back if I was staying longer.

Thank DiveTraveler2010
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you make it back again sometime for some live music!

Reviewed 4 February 2018

From a full-blown meal to what Orcadians refer to as "home-bakes" with a drink, The Reel is consistently reliable, Their hot chocolate comes in a variety of sizes, but adding marshmallows, cream and a chocolate flake is absolute luxury!

Thank Josephine J
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Very nice little place. Only had time to stop for a quick drink but the hot chocolate was delicious.

Thank Kimberley B
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Had lunch there. Soup was nice and good with the the toasted pannini (cheese and ham). The cakes and shortbreads looked tempting, but I resisted.

Thank journey4one
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called into the Reel for a cuppa. There is a great range of hot drinks plus snacks and cakes. You can get Breakfast Sandwich Deals, Soup and Sandwich Deals and Kiddies Meal Deals. You order at the bar/counter. Prices are on par with other...More

Thank alister b
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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