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Helgi's

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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
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12:30 - 00:00
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Sun 12:30 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This pub is fab! The staff are so friendly, the food is delicious and it has a lovely atmosphere. Try the local ales, they are scrummy. If you're not sure the bar staff will let you have a small taste before committing to a pint. Well worth a visit!!!!

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Thank 333ang
scotland
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172 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for dinner seated upstairs and impressed by location and table menus were varied service very good if a little slow food was delicious and will definitely return Recommended

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Thank tudan
Hong Kong, China
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Average food. It is cheery when you go with friends and mates and everyone ordering up cocktails, mixed drinks and beer. With that food all taste good when you are happy and chatty with friends. The food fall towards international brown food. Fried, grilled varieties of the same same. Okay if not looking for something local or special. Annoyingly told... More 

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Thank dhp888
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little place on the seafront to shelter from the wind, roaring coal fire makes for a warm cosy atmosphere. Food is really nice and they make a fantastic gin sling cocktail. 10/10, would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank CATHERINE. W
Orillia, Canada
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155 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried to get into Helgi's on a Monday night, but it was fully booked. So we booked it for Tuesday. Here it is Tuesday, and I'm not disappointed. It is a small venue so you may want to book it early to ensure you get a spot, but if you eat here, you won't be disappointed at all. There... More 

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Thank Mike B
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of 4 enjoyed a lovely meal. The Smokehouse Burger is highly recommended. It is served with smoked cheese, smoked bacon and smoked garlic mayonnaise. Helgi's also has three ales from the Swannay Brewery on tap, they rotate the ales on a regular basis. If you can book a table upstairs, fine views over Kirkwall harbour can be enjoyed.... More 

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Thank Tim S
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Thank you for your brilliant review Tim! We are really pleased to read such great feedback as hearing what our customers think is really important to how we move forward and provide the highest quality food, drink and service. We hope you will visit again some day. Thanks again! More 

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good tasty food lovely locally sourced ingredients, lovely cocktails can be served in a massive fish bowl, local breweries real ale and a great atmosphere has not got loud music so you can have a conversation without shouting

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Thank thg24rw
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so happy you enjoyed Helgi's and we'd love to see you back again in the future. Thanks again - your feedback has made us smile! More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely bar/restaurant in Kirkwall. Great range of food and drinks with friendly local service. Well worth booking as it's popular!

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Thank Duncan I
Scotland, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Booked for an 18.30 table for two. Very kindly put us at an upstairs window table. On arrival we then bought a drink downstairs to take upstairs with us. Found our own table and waited for the waitress to arrive. Orders placed after a small wait and as I ordered the small spicy burger, I was warned it was spicy... More 

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Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

We are very saddened to read this review as there are a few crucial points you seem to have left out, which we need to make clear for future customers as this review is very unfair. All our staff working on Sunday 26th March, both kitchen and bar, remember your visit so we are confident on how things happened and... More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This is a gorgeous little pub / restaurant looking out onto Kirkwall Harbour. Varied menu, and the food was fresh and very tasty. A must for dinner if you're in Kirkwall. Recommend booking up to avoid disappointment as it gets very busy.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?