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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 #9 of 28 Restaurants in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $17
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, British, Healthy
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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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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Dunkeld, Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Delicious food, lots of choice, and open much later than most of the local cafes. A bit pricey, by my standards, but worth it.

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was very happy to find this restaurant, located in the back of Judith Glue, which by the way, is a quality souvenir shop that has quite tasteful items for sale. The food is excellent, with a variety of healthy as well as local dishes, and it is a comfortable, cheerful place. It is a perfect place to sit and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

astonishingly good food, good atmosphere, rather pricey you can shop while you wait for your food conveniently it is also open in the evening

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Leiston, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The cafe is at the back of Judith Glue's great knitwear/clothes/classy crafts shop (full of stuff you didn't know you wanted). The cafe serves great homemade soups, baked potatoes, a couple of hot dishes, sandwiches and salady things. The Westray crabs are my favourite thing on the menu. There are a few takeaway boxes of food in the chiller for... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited this cafe in the back of Judith Glue's excellent shop several times for coffee during our week in Orkney. However the highlight was lunch we had. We chose the smorgasbord for 2 and were not disappointed. There was a great selection of local seafood and meats, well presented with local oatcakes and home made bread. If anything, there... More 

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Additional Information about The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant

Address: Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 874225
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish, British, Healthy

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