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Helgi's

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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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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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved the fajita's at Helgi's. Lovely warm restaurant with a real fire. Friendly locals and good atmosphere. Hot chocolate is also a winner!

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

Thank you for your review Katie - this time of year is really lovely in Helgi's thanks to the open fire, so we're glad you enjoyed it too! More 

Bangor, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to the harbour Helgi's is easy to find and has a warm and cosy atmosphere where we thawed out after a morning out in horizontal rain. Great, better-than-typical pub food and good value too.

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Thank Rohan H
bristol
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in to have haddock and chips and some local brew.. have been here before a couple of years ago and it's much the same.. Does get busy so eat early, Lady behind bar was helpful but not so jolly anyways the haddock and chips was great, really enjoyed large portion. Local brew was good too. Recommended to go here..

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Thank Nick H
Columbia, South Carolina
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59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly place, with a great selection of ales, and a fabulous Haddock and chips. The locals like this place, and in the past I've had great burgers here as well. Located right on the harbor front, its quaint and welcoming.

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Thank SteveS999
Penzance, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place gets extremely busy so it's a good idea to book ahead. We didn't, but they managed to squeeze us in. It's cosy, but there's a room with extra seating upstairs that I noticed on the way to the loo that I suppose gets opened up when it gets fuller. The staff are friendly and the location overlooking the... More 

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

We really appreciate your lovely review so thank you very much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived about 5 pm and were fortunate to get the last unreserved table, so it is advisable to book in advance! Was amazed to hear an elderly couple at an adjacent table upstairs describe the decor as "basic". This is an unpretentious bar, not a posh restaurant. The tables are wooden as are the "pew" benches & chairs. Downstairs... More 

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Thank MrsJosephineJones
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our local and we have just had our dinner and enjoyed 2 new starters Thai crab cakes and crispy chilli beef, will definitely have again. I had steak cooked to perfection and my wife and daughter had Haddock & chips, clean plates says it all. Lovely friendly staff and a nice chill out place along with good music... More 

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

Thank you so much for your excellent review, we are so thrilled you consider us to be your local. We hope to see you again soon for some Christmas goodies! More 

Fife
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We would have stopped here for dinner but the place was very busy and we were advised to book in advance the next time. Staff were very friendly and helpful it was a very cosy place to stop for a glass of wine or two

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

Thank you for your great review. Fingers crossed you can join us in the future for a meal or two as well. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The meals we had here were disappointing as it had been recommended by locals and had good reviews. The chicken for the fajitas was covered in a sticky sauce (chilli jam??) it was so spicy hot I gave up eating it. The mex Mac&cheese was the same. (we are accustomed to eat Mexican food) the fish pie was good. Bottom... More 

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5 Thank spookie2th
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are very sorry to hear you were disappointed. Having consulted our complaints record, and spoken with all the staff, no complaints have been made so it would appear that you never mentioned any problem with your food at the time. This is very frustrating and a common problem in the food industry. How is... More 

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Nice, cosy adults only pub. Food is good and usually interesting choices as well as traditional options

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

Thank you for your lovely comments Kirsty, we are glad you enjoy what we do here and look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

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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
USD 10 - USD 32
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?