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The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant

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Seafood, British, Healthy, Scottish
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Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
+44 1856 874225
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our Real Food Cafe/'Restaurant is situated in the Judith Glue Shop...
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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    Very good
  • 19
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Real Good Food is what you get at the Real Food Cafe

Great little cafe at the back of the store. Superb fresh food, baked goods, best salads, delicious soups, and the cheese scones alone are worth a visit. We discovered this little Kirkwall gem almost by accident and made it our regular lunch destination.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
burrowsrjl
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Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great little cafe at the back of the store. Superb fresh food, baked goods, best salads, delicious soups, and the cheese scones alone are worth a visit. We discovered this little Kirkwall gem almost by accident and made it our regular lunch destination.

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Whitehead, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were so looking forward to a visit in Judith Glue's place but were sadly disappointed when we went for afternoon coffee last Tuesday. Service was exceptionally slow, waiting at least 20mins, to get 4 coffees , 2 tray bakes and a banoffee pie.The banoffee was like none we had ever experienced and was mostly left uneaten, The tray bakes...... More 

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

we stopped in for lunch, we took the soup meal deal while all parts were tasty it was a ridiculously small portion. The second meal ordered was the rollmop this was very good but appeared to b served on a side plate and again was far too small. If the intention was to get us to order the great cakes... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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65 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This cafe is just across the road from st magnus cathedral. The menu is average and the food matches the menu ... average. If you are visiting the cathedral and time is limited then it's worth a visit.

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Hyderabad, India
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35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We had a short break of 40 minutes and had to manage the food within that time. I had examined all options in the town of Kirkwall and this was the best possible option for traditional vegetarian food. Make sure that before placing the order you inform them that you have limited time in hand.

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Panama City, Panama
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I give 5 stars almost never for a retail place (store/restaurant/bar), but this place get them. Discovered just walking near the church in Kirkwall my first day there (april 2014), picked up some sandwiches while looking over menu. Was intrugued enough to come back and eat, and once we did, we never ate anywhere else in Kirkwall. Fresh seafood (I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Wholefood menu for normal people. Sandwiches, main meals, snacks, soups and desserts. Entered through the Judith Glue Shop which is one of the most popular outlets for knitwear, crafts etc all with a local connection. Actually walking through the shop is a lovely experience!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very basic menu, ended up leaving after looking at it and not ordering anything. Quite disappointed. Nowhere else in Kirkwall was open for food so had to go to the co op to buy lunch and make it myself

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Judith Glue's has become a failsafe for us in Kirkwall. The fare is largely local, simple, tasty and always nicely presented; prices are reasonable and it's open seven days a week, including six evenings. Soup (almost always orange in colour) and local delicious bere bannocks might be followed by a crab salad or baked tattie, then a homebake for dessert... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I popped in here a few weeks back for some food at lunchtime and was impressed with the quality of the food. The cafe is to the rear of the shop, and is seemingly always busy, with both locals and visitors alike. Not the cheapest of menu's but the quality of the fayre speaks for itself.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 874225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Healthy, Scottish

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 !
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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