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Ayre Hotel

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British, Scottish
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Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
+44 1856 873001
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a couple of nights before visiting some of the other Orkney isles. Was in a good location right beside the harbour, but the room was basic and quite small. Everything was very clean and tidy and the staff were very friendly but the breakfast was of a pretty poor standard, didn't have any other meals. A... More 

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Thank HenryHound46
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely wee hotel with warm hospitality from the reception staff. Newly refurbished and all you would need. The waitress service breakfast could do with some training on custoner service as she looked miserable and could do with a smile. Other than that it is very good hotel in a perfect location. Parking at the front of the... More 

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3 Thank Tess N Thora S
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went out with friends to The Ayre - had heard lots of good reports and hadn't been for ages! Sat in the conservatory looking over the harbour. Food was very good, two of us having the hot and cold seafood (absolutely delicious!), one had steak fajita's and one the Orkney beef. I had to have a sundae for desert which... More 

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2 Thank Orkney192
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Really disappointed by a poor and overpriced meal. £7.20 for two glasses of soda water!!!! We both ordered chicken and Brie burgers. It came without the Brie, I spoke to the waitress who practically just stared at me. I then explained to another waitress who did apologise and said she would take money off the bill. She did not offer... More 

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Thank Morgan G
Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This hotel was centrally located in downtown Kirkwall, and it was just a quick and easy 5-10 minute stroll from all of the main stores and sites in Kirkwall. The staff were extremely professional and friendly every single moment of the day, and they were always going out of their way to make sure my stay was comfortable. And the... More 

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6 Thank JMC80
Perth, United Kingdom
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742 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The dining room of the Ayre is like a pub lounge - service is fast and pleasant. Went in here today as we needed a substantial but quick lunch - I had the "always superb" fish and chips - brilliant local, fresh fish as usual. My colleagues had very substantial baguettes - filled with copious amounts of salmon and prawns.... More 

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6 Thank FairCityFrasie
Driffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Fish was overcooked and lacked textural quality. A number of items on the Combo had obviously been prepared much earlier and had a tired look. The wine was overpriced even by standards in Britain. The setting was interesting, but the service was indifferent and this is the only restaurant in Kirkwall we visited that I left no tip!

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3 Thank OneTimeRedhead
York
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208 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Try it you will not be disappointed. Great food friendly staff good beer and wine . Price range manageable.

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8 Thank Tourman2
sussex
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114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I sometimes wish there was a 'good' rating because very good and excellent are rarely earned. We have been here before 6 years ago for an archeological group dinner and this time by default because the Kirkwall hotel couldn't be bothered to answer the phone! We were seated in the front conservatory which was fine and chose the lamb and... More 

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6 Thank christy21040
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived to find a full restaurant but the friendly and helpful staff found a table for us in the recently constructed conservatory. Good selection on the menu and the chosen dishes were very good indeed.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British, Scottish
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ayre Road, Kirkwall KW15 1QX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 873001

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?