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Helgi's

$$ - $$$, British,
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (47 reviews)
“fajitas” (19 reviews)
“fish and chips” (39 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 669 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat in the bar for a before dinner drink it was entertaining. There are a few booths as well. Dinner was upstairs in a nothing special small room. Service was good. The Spivey prawn starter was very good. The crab pasta could do with...More

Thank doreenandneil
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely food in a lovely pub atmosphere down by the harbour. Some of the best starters. Crab in particular.

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Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks you so much for your excellent review! Our potted crab has been very popular over the summer, and will be a miss on our winter menu! Hopefully you will return soon to try our crab linguine instead!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good range of local ales and good pub food. Lots of pub atmosphere in comfortable surroundings highly recommend.

Thank BeepeeFalkirk
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

A big thank you for your review, we really appreciate your comments and love to hear when people have enjoyed our little pub!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent pub with wonderful dinner food. Located in downtown Kirkwall near the harbor. Had a massive Haggis burger and my wife enjoyed a wonderful surf & turf dish. Meals were very reasonable compared to other locations and the portions were ample. The bar was well...More

Thank Waimoku
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Helgi's, thank you so much for reviewing us. We hope that one day you will be able to visit us again some day.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended to have a lunch here and we didn't regret, the drink selection is nice and the food was amazing as well. I had crushed potatoes mixed with chorizo and scallops, that was a very creative food. The place seemed cosy and nice...More

1  Thank dorcisomogyi
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review! The chef is very happy to read your comments and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and appreciated our menu and atmosphere. We hope you return some day.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a couple we sought to have dinner at helps twice. The first time our presences was ignored by the staff most of whom were chatting up behind the bar. Not sure why we tried again but they were worse the second time. We were...More

Thank slarson127
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

This review is just horrible for us to read! We are very sorry you felt this strongly and are horrified you described our atmosphere as "poisonous" considering we pride ourselves on having a friendly, pub atmosphere - as many reviewers commend us for. Also, seeing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Surf and Turf dinner was so good I came back 2 days later and had it all over again. The pub isn't big so reservations are a must in the summer but it's a fun, lively place. The staff were busy but friendly and...More

Thank mhap
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and we hope you'll be back to visit us again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kirkwall has a few good tea shops but only one great restaurant that we found. Helgis has great fresh sea food and meat. Also a really creative blackboard menu which changes regularly. We went three times.

Thank John H
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow! What a fantastic review! Thank you so much, it really means a lot to us to hear when people have really appreciated what we do here. We hope to see you again some day.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant fantastic food and lovely surroundings of a pub.superb staff.nice background music.Cocktails to die for.try the Zombie.

Thank Donald R
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It's always lovely to hear people enjoy our cocktails as well as the food. Thank you so much for your review, it has brightened up a cold, windy day in Orkney!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a birthday meal, lovely. Good food, reasonable prices, good service. Only downside CHILDREN NOT ALLOWED!More

1  Thank 568alisonh
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we really appreciate the time you took to give us your feedback. As you point out, we do have an over 18s policy. Unfortunately, Helgi's is not practical or safe for children to be allowed in as...More

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Jeanie47
23 April 2017|
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Response from LoobyFife | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so it's a very small bar area
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RosebrookCottage
10 May 2016|
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Response from christinerousay | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for a late response, Yes they do take reservations.
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Gill T
28 December 2015|
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Response from Kelly M | Property representative |
Hi, yes we do. We have gluten free options which include full meals and gluten free bread and tortillas options with most speciality sandwiches. Our menu is also coded to show which dishes are gluten free.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 33
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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
  • E-mail
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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