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“High quality food in a beautiful location - recommended!” 5 of 5 stars
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Creel Restaurant with Rooms
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Front Rd., St. Margaret's Hope KW17 2SL, Scotland   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“High quality food in a beautiful location - recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

Stayed here for one night and dinner at the end of August 2011 at the beginning of a long weekend in Orkney, and all subsequent accommodation and eateries we visited had a lot to live up to by comparison. The quality of ingredients for both dinner and breakfast were exceptional, and among some of the best I've had anywhere.

My kipper for breakfast was delicious, and the homemade muesli superb (who would have thought homemade muesli could be so different from shop bought - but it was!). My wife's fruit compote was also something very special for breakfast, as were the sausage and bacon.

Dinner was excellent (and the homemade bread and bannocks a great touch), and our accommodation in room 2 very comfortable, with great views across to the pier (and the lovely sunset was a nice bonus - although can't give the Creel full credit for that!).

General ambience was very nice, and we felt very free to come and go as we please, as well as use the well-placed communal areas. Fresh flowers were also lovely.

All in all, an outstanding establishment - the owners should be very proud of all their hardwork - well done!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Food out of this world, especially breakfast. Service friendly and general ambience relaxed and welcoming.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

Food to dream about while enjoying a lovely view over the bay and being treated to friendly service.
We stayed for 3 nights and had a wonderful time. In addition to the best breakfast EVER we got great advice each morning for local walks.
The room at the top is good - plenty of space, warm and comfortalbe.
Well worth a special trip to Orkney

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We stayed here for one night in late May 2011 purely from the reputation of the Restaurant.
Firstly i would like to say that the food was superb and utterly great value - i think it was 30 squid for 3 courses, all of which were of the highest quality! A must in the Orkneys!
The room was comfortable and clean - but is definately in need of a revamp as it felt a bit old and tired. That was our only 'problem' with the stay - the room was just not worth anywhere near the price charged.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

My boyfriend and I took my Mum and Dad (both in their sixties) to Orkney for a short break to celebrate my Dad's birthday. We had a mad internet search for a B&B and after discovering that Orkney leisure industry starts to shut down in September had a lucky break when we secured two rooms at The Creel. And we mean a lucky break!

Originally we were relieved that we had found ANYTHING and I even had a back up lined up for night two should it not be to our liking (the website doesn't really do it justice) BUT we confirmed for our second night almost as soon as we walked in.

Each room was spacious, warm, airy and wonderfully clean (we had Number 1 with a double and a single bed, M & D were in number 2 with a double bed - no i don't feel bad the boyfriend is very tall and a starfish sleeper) and each had a double window view out to sea - lovely.

Joyce and Alan were perfectly accommodating and strike the balance perfectly between welcoming and intrusive - they left us to ourselves but nothing was too much trouble. Night one the restaurant was closed (like I said Orkney winding down in September) but Joyce sorted us a bottle of wine, lovely homemade bread and olives before we went off to the (crappy) Sands for dinner. Night two was a different matter...

The food - ah the food! We had no idea that we were staying at such a good restaurant, and as total foodies this made us nearly cry with joy. My dad doesn't eat shellfish but had a mutton pie that he inhaled for a starter then the boys both had Orkney beef three ways which was melt in the mouth. The girls went for soused, tartare and smoked fish trio starter and then I had monkfish with pork belly and the mum had the scallops - A. MAY. ZING.

We gave Alan candles for Dad in the morning asking him to put them in his pudding but he made him a cake! And it was yum! And the puddings were lovely too (have the chefs special - dee-lish!)

Breakfasts followed a similar tack with steamed kippers, smoked fish risotto, and a delicious scottish breakfast (fabulous bacon and tomatoes) consumed by various across the two mornings, homemade tea bread and jams rounding it all off nicely.

It's not the cheapest by an Orkney mile but it's well, well worth the price. The word on the street is that they may be selling up (the street being an estate agents in Kirkwall) but as this is Orkney that may take some time so GET THERE WHILE YOU CAN

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

I have eaten a lot of breakfasts, so I say it with it some authority, that this was a breakfast above all others. It's rare to be served by your famous owner chef - prepared to serve a fish special for breakfast in addition to all usual full Scottish or haddock and egg... We had a seafood risotto (for breakfast!!) which was just simply divine - seved up with freshly squeezed orange and artisan bread, and homemade museli.

Do eat in the restaurant - the quality of the cooking is not to be missed. The prices are exceptionally reasonable.

Room are comfortable and well-appointed.

Go soon - it's for sale!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

Looking at a map of the Orkneys with St Margarets Hope down on South Ronaldsay, it does not look like a particularly good base for a holiday exploring the many delights of the islands. However, this is misleading because the roads are excellent and it really does not take very long to get anywhere, Kirkwall is 20 minutes drive away for example. As a bonus, the drive over the Churchill Barriers is stunning - not a problem to do every day on holiday! It is all worth it to stay at The Creel. Welcoming and friendly, in a beautiful site, and of course the fabulous food for which Alan Craigie is famed. A fish and seafood lovers delight, also often the opportunity to try the unusual seaweed fed mutton of North Ronaldsay, and excellent breakfasts. An imaginative wine list at sensible prices, also the malt whiskeys. But The Creel is for sale, so if you want to go don't put it off.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Front Rd., St. Margaret's Hope KW17 2SL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > South Ronaldsay > St. Margaret's Hope
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in St. Margaret's Hope
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Number of rooms: 6
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