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The Reel

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Soups
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6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 871000
08:30 - 18:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't come for a meal, but for the Saturday night music session. The bar was open for the session (8pm to whenever). By mid-evening, there were 12 fiddlers, piano, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and flute all going at full tilt playing local/celtic music. Players ranged from students, to old-timers, to professionals. Seating was cramped (with that many players) but you... More 

Thank vdavi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Lots a families and music at lunch time. Simple but tasty lunch menu with good range in choice of fillings for sandwiches, tatties etc (gluten free too) Very nice coffee! Bit of a wait for food though, just moderately busy and a little on the expensive side (£10 for a coffee and panini)

Thank Victoria C
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popular venue for food, ale and music. Traditional music live many evenings. Also on site music shop and lessons. Central position and my favorite coffee and lunch venue

Thank Orkneydoc
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

The Reel is great for: morning coffee. Afternoon tea. Free wifi. Free music sessions in the evening. Great music shop. Good music tuition.

Thank 1PDS
Winnipeg, Canada
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821 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

I stopped by there in the morning for a coffee, and was delighted to find that The Reel seemed to be a very fine venue for lunch, music, a drink or whatever one seemed to want at almost whatever time of day it happened to be. Regretting slightly that I was only there for a coffee, and the cappuccino was... More 

Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Good value for money and good sustenance in an ambiance that is welcoming and on the trendy side of shabby chic. Only drawback is the cold draught when the side door is opened!

Thank AScotsman1150
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you want to hear traditional Orkney musicians this is the place to visit. Good food and a great choice of local brews. Some of the sessions are free and others it is best to buy tickets in advance.

Thank Kenny B
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This place is run by Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, two excellent Orkney musicians who decided to create a dedicated music school to promote the music of the area. The entire operation is great - sessions most nights in the bar as well as music classes in the many different rooms during the day. The cafe serves good, basic food and... More 

Thank chrisatobm
Paisley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

£5.10 for a "platter" of oatcakes with Cheddar cheese. Four oatcakes (I can get eight for 60p in the supermarket, and frequently do) and some plasticy grated cheese. Not impressed. I was in at lunchtime so maybe it's better at night with a bit of atmosphere.

Thank generationangel
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I was looking for some local entertainment on a Friday night, and I was told to go here. I drank a few excellent beers while I listened to locals play some of their favourite reels and other traditional music. It was a perfect end to a day of exploring.

Thank dinodorks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, British, Scottish, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, 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
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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