We found this place thanks to other TripAdvisor reviews (and thank you!) and we were sorry to leave. Twin beds instead of a double were all that were available, but we didn't mind. Our room was spotless, cozy, modern, comfortable and quiet. Well appointed (tea, coffee, shortbreads, bottled water, lovely toiletries) and a nice bathroom too. And the food! Before I discuss the food, let me say how welcoming and helpful the staff were. Our first night we got in late and didn't expect to have a full meal. But they kept the kitchen open for us and served us a full dinner (which was marvelous!) Our meals were as wonderful as the Trip Advisor reviews said -- homemade, farm fresh, gourmet! We loved EVERYTHING we ate, and we tried several of the local specialties. Chef Paul does a fabulous job. We only wish we'd been able to stay longer (and eat more!). Our departure was at O-Dark-30, well before the kitchen opened, so that meant skipping breakfast. The staff offered to let us do our own toast and coffee in the kitchen at that ungodly hour! We ultimately passed on that kind offer, but wow! Hospitable doesn't begin to describe it. Oh, and they lent my husband a charger for his phone when he broke his. The bar stocked local brews and whiskies, which my husband sampled and pronounced very good. Only drawback is if you are carless (and we were), you are dependent on taxi service because they are outside Kirkwall. But the owners recommended a service to us (Craigie's, which was prompt, reliable and friendly) and that worked fine. The lovely views of Scapa Flow outside the dining room window and the quiet country setting made this a hotel we truly enjoyed. If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay after your sightseeing, and if you are interested in dining well on locally sourced foods, choose the Foveran. We hope to return someday soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Foveran is a family run Restaurant With Rooms offering a warm Orcadian welcome and superb local produce, prepared & presented by owner/chef Paul Doull & team. Set in open countryside a few miles from Kirkwall, an ideal base for exploring the islands. Stunning views of historic Scapa Flow from our restaurant. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Foveran Hotel Kirkwall
- The Foveran Kirkwall, Orkney Islands