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Skerries Bistro

Banks | Cleat, KW17 2RW, Scotland
+44 1856 831605
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Open from April to October, we serve lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily from 11:00 - 17:00 and 18:00 - 21:00. Closed Tuesday evening. We specialise in local fresh fish and shellfish including Pollock, Cod, Hand Dived Scallops, Crab and Lobster. We also have vegetarian dishes and can cater for any special dietary requirements. During the day, we have vegetable soups, sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes, cream teas, selection of coffees and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. Our food is fresh and simple and we use Orkney produce whenever possible. We bake our own bread as well as all cakes and desserts.
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English first
Marahau, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Tucked away on the very South point of South Ronaldsay, close to Tomb of the Eagles, this bistro is superb, and well worth the drive. Many people must agree with ma as it was very busy, but we managed to get a table without booking. But in peak times booking would be essential. Fresh seafood, cooked with care, excellent, highly... More

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Lancs, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visited with friends on a Friday evening recently Had pan fried scallops starter on Asparagus -perfectly cooked. Had the seafood platter main course - cured salmon, hot smoked salmon, roll mop in a creamy dressing(not the usual extremely vinegar one), crab claw, prawns with marie rose dressing, all very fresh and perfect My wife had the 1/2 lobster main -large... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We were looking forward to the cuisine here because their adverts say they cater for vegetarians. On the night we visited, the menu in fact had one option of a vegetarian starter - soup - and one main course - an onion tart. Our vegetarian daughter wasn't keen on either of this so asked whether the kitchen could rustle up... More

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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Friendly staff. Excellent food. Reasonable price. Stunning location. They even do a special 7 course menu for small groups in a stand alone spherical room outside the main restaurant; haven't tried it. This place only opened this season and everything is spanking new.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

hot chocolate cake... on a very cold plate !!!! turns out to be fudge cake with not nice with tinned custard! what a disappointment after 2 good courses

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Montrose, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We found the Skerries Bistro while exploring the south of the Orkneys on the second day of a four day break. Having had a late breakfast we thought we would go for a lunchtime snack, but when we saw the menu that changed. Seafood Chowder, Seafood Platter, Hand dived Scallops, Half Lobster or Lobster Salad, with most of these in... More

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The location is excellent and the food reasonably priced. Did not have any wine but also seemed reasonably priced. I think it is brave to open a restaurant here given the obvious investment and rural location. Only three observations for the restaurant is that the pate should be served with some toast and the new potato was overcooked and scallops... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Excellent selection of North Sea fish and seafood with superb views of the sea. Very professional and very friendly staff, so much so that we went back a second time during our 6 day holiday on Orkney. Only about a mile away form the Tomb of the Eagles, ideal for dinner after a late afternoon visit there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Service excellent too.Hidden away down a track close to the fascinating 'tomb of the eagles' it's even got its own tomb, tomb of the otters

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Well done Carole! Your new restaurant is outstanding. We loved coming to your previous venue, but this is stunning. We visited on 13 August; a table for four. Between us we had various starters, main courses and desserts. May I say that the food was delicious; so wonderful to have fish dishes cooked and served so beautifully; the accompanying salads... More

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