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“Great cafe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Reel

The Reel
6 Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1HD, Scotland
1856-871000
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Ranked #12 of 28 Restaurants in Kirkwall
Cuisines: Bar, Café, Soups, Sandwiches
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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.
Toronto
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great little place to go for a latte and a snack. Wifi is available for those that need to be connected with the wider world. On past visits, I have had the opportunity to attend music nights at The Reel - it is amazing how they can pack so many people in - but everybody gets along and has a fabulous time. The owners of the cafe, The Wrigley Sisters, do and excellent job of promoting not only their own music, but that of fellow musicians as well as providing lessons and musical instruments. The only downside is that it closes by 5 or 6pm unless there is a musical evening. But well worth a visit and a chat!

Visited October 2013
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Warrenton, VA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Perfect spot for travellers to Kirkwall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

My sister and I were SO GLAD to find this place on our first day in Kirkwall. They had everything we needed: food, drinks, desserts, free wifi, comfortable atmosphere, and even some entertainment one of the nights we were there. The sandwiches (especially paninis) were delicious and we also got some good Orkney brews while there, too.
Order at the bar and then they'll bring your food to you.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Betzdorf, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Just great !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Nice coffee house with a cosy atmosphere, tasty cakes, good coffee. My favourite was the Brie Sandwich ! The even have some music sessions there which I failed to attend, but there may be a next time !

Visited October 2013
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Colchester
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great coffee shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Cleverly decorated to serve coffee, snacks and lunch in the day but turn into a bar and live music venue in the evenings.
Always pleasant staff, fine coffee and great home made cakes.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great food, nice service lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at The Reel. I've been in Orkney alone while working up here for a few days and it provided a great, welcoming, and tasty place to grab some lunch and catch up on my email.

I had a toasted sandwich and some Earl Grey served in a lovely wee teapot for one. Prices were very reasonable and when I come back ( there's no way I could do Orkney justice in my half day's off time) Ill be bringing my family and friends here for lunch, and maybe even to catch some of the evening music.

Love it.

Visited September 2013
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