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The Reel

€€ - €€€, Cafe, British
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
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6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 MrsJosephineJones
Reviewed 4 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 27 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
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Watch your timings for visiting here to eat as last food orders taken at 5:00 for a 6:00 close. Saw advertising outside for salads, etc but only basic salad as an accompaniment. We did enjoy the hot soup.

Thank mirolle
Reviewed 11 October 2017

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 25 September 2017

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 24 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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
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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, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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