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The Reel

6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I was staying in Kirkwall so I missed the music here at the Reel in the evening. Lunch was great here and location is nearby Orkney Museum and other major attractions in Kirkwall.

Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small charming cafe in Kirkwall near St Magnus Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and the Earl's Palace. We enjoyed a good cup of coffee and tasty pasteries.

Thank Barbara75087
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped here during a day tour of the Orkney Islands, and we loved it. The beverages were expertly made, and the baked goods fantastic.

Thank DiverLuv2travel
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Stumbled in here on a Saturday night to watch the locals hsve a folk music jam session. Got a warm welcome and had a brilliant time.

Thank helloAdelaide
Reviewed 1 October 2018

A great place for a cuppa and cake, or lunch .. great sandwich menu and delicious home made soup. Very small intimate cafe with friendly staff.

Thank Marlene T
Reviewed 30 September 2018

I had been in for a coffee during the day and found a happy atmosphere so decided to go back on the next evening for a music session...very glad I did, it was thoroughly enjoyable with a mix of musicians and instruments with people of...More

Thank LesleydeC
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately, Princess Anne was in town and made it really busy in Kirkwall. However, we had a lovely lunch here and enjoyed free wifi while we ate it. Good grub it was too!

Thank Kendoville
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We popped in here on a damp Sunday afternoon in September. Sure the coffee and cake were fine - but then they should be! However, the service was, well, pretty average. The young man who served us didn’t seem to be in love with his...More

Thank pakabay
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm very sorry that you felt the service you received was average. I can assure you that customer service is a top priority for us, we aim to be helpful and friendly at all times, and...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

It was a rainy Sunday so was a welcome break from being outside. Had a good cup ofcoffee and staff we friendly. Loads of info about music being played their in the week.

Thank beemanjohn
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Thank you very much for review. We're glad that you enjoyed your coffee, and hope you managed to hear some music during your visit!

Reviewed 9 September 2018

Evenings in The Reel have become a regular feature of our visits to Kirkwall: the fact that this venue is close to our holiday house is a bonus, but it is the music and the atmosphere that is the main attraction - although the beer...More

Thank Scotty062
REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Thank you so much for your review. It's great that you managed to experience so much of the local music during your visit, we're proud to be able to promote traditional music as we do, and lucky to have so many talented local musicians, so...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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