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The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant

Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
+44 1856 874225
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Ranked #7 of 25 Restaurants in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $17
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British, Healthy
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our Real Food Cafe/'Restaurant is situated in the Judith Glue Shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkneys main town.We are open Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm Friday and Saturday 9am - 10pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm in the month of May. In June July and August Monday - Saturday 9am - 10pm every night and Sundays 9am - 6pm from 9.00Am till 10.00Pm During the remainder of the year our opening hours are normally 9am - 6pm 7 days a week.We specialize in home cooked local Orkney Produce cooked infront of you in our open kitchen, our restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere and welcomes all ages. We are licenced and offer a good selection of wines,spirits, local beers and whiskies.Children are very welcome at any time of the day and table reservations are excepted in the evenings after 5.30Pm. Our shop is also open at the same time so there is a chance to browse and shop till you drop as well. Join our facebook page or visit our website to find out all about us !
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our Real Food Cafe/'Restaurant is situated in the Judith Glue Shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkneys main town.We are open Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm Friday and Saturday 9am - 10pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm in the month of May. In June July and August Monday - Saturday 9am - 10pm every night and Sundays 9am - 6pm from 9.00Am till 10.00Pm During the remainder of the year our opening hours are normally 9am - 6pm 7 days a week.We specialize in home cooked local Orkney Produce cooked infront of you in our open kitchen, our restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere and welcomes all ages. We are licenced and offer a good selection of wines,spirits, local beers and whiskies.Children are very welcome at any time of the day and table reservations are excepted in the evenings after 5.30Pm. Our shop is also open at the same time so there is a chance to browse and shop till you drop as well. Join our facebook page or visit our website to find out all about us !
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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Good choice of home-cooked food. I recommend the platter of crab claws and oatcakes. Can be very bust - be prepared to share a table, but this adds to the fun

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Edinburgh
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50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We popped in once and were hooked; visiting three times in one week. Everything looks delicious but we had soup and cheese scones or beremeal bannocks, great coffees and delicious freshly baked cakes each time. The quiches and seafood platters were going down well and everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and the place. One teeny niggle, and we... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This café/restaurant is situated at the back of a wonderfully eclectic arts/collectables shop and the food is wonderful. A huge array of great fresh salads, quiches, breads, cakes and selection of burgers (including veggie, pork, beef) plus hot specials (such as casseroles, meat loaf etc). Also choice of beers, wine, usual soft drinks. We had cheeseburger and dressed crab, both... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We like to pop in for a hot chocolate and a gorgeous cake when we can. We have also had main meals here and the quality is good and service friendly. The cafe and restaurant has expanded each time we have visited Orkney and with the quality you can see why.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

All the restaurants are down by the harbourside and they seem to be full needing, reservations. This is on the main street and to our minds was the best place in Kirkwall to eat and we never had a problem getting a table. They make food on the premises within sight of everyone. It's lovely to see a cake being... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went here with my wife and 3 children on a maxi day trip from the mainland. Well what can I say, wonderful food. I had an excellent ploughmans, the boys had crab claws and a cheese melt, m. Wife had the pate and the daughter had a smoked salmon platter. Everything was finished off easily as all loved the food... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

we arrived on a miserable August day with very little time to enjoy a proper lunch. But the venue looked really interesting and the staff were very welcoming, We only had enough time for tea and cake but it was first class and everything the surrounding customers were served was equally delicious looking. take a little time to enjoy the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

An informal, snack-bar atmosphere makes this a good place to drop in any time - it serves food till 9.00pm, open till 10.00. The food is good, and the service quick (you order at the counter). It's not the place for a special occassion, but we ate there again and again during our stay in Kirkwall.

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Haarlem
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stopped off for a quick bite - home baked bannock, cheese and chutney and a coffee. All food yummy (my neighbour ordered a ploughmans lunch that looked scrumptious as well) , very friendly service. What more could you want?! Brilliant.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This little cafe is conveniently located at the heart of Kirkwall and open considerably longer than the others. Even late on the day you an turn up here and find a wide selection of produce still available. Whether it be for a hot meal or coffee and cake, this place will not let you down. Everything is prepared fresh to... More

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