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The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant

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Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
+44 1856 874225
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Scotland
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205 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our cruise took us to Kirkwall and it is lovely- having gone through the cathedral we decided on a coffee - so popped into the shop and cafe absolutely loved it everything so fresh and tasty served with a smile.

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Thank Renfrewshire
inverness, scotland
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried this cafe twice - first time service really slow and didn't read the order properly (saw waitress trying to find the original order in the waste paper bin!). Decided to try again for an evening meal - no burgers left and the stew was so dry my husband could not eat it - to be fair they did not... More 

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Thank fiona2707
OrkneyJudith, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry you were disappointed we do l am afraid find it hard to keep up with our homemade burger demand and l will look into why your stew was dry but l am pleased that you had a refund. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Kirkwall looking for a place to eat near the cathedral so we went in here, the menu had everyone thing from soup to a main meal with some delicious cakes to follow, I had a lovely salad with smoked chicken wrapped in bacon which was not just the usual lettus, tomatoe and cucumber, this salad had couscous,... More 

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Thank orkney90
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Really great to see such a nice review and you love our home made salads. More 

Elgin, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ingredients from the real food cafe are clearly freshly sourced and tasty and we've never had any complaints about the service or decor, which is just as it should be. The cakes are especially delicious and although some of the combinations may seem a little maverick, they've been pleasantly surprising! It's disappointing that they couldn't serve their sandwiches with... More 

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Thank whisky g
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your good review we are sorry that you were disappointed with the price of your sandwich but our sandwich prices actually start at £6.95 and the most expensive one is £8.95 but this is for a fresh Orkney Crab or Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese choice. So we think for high quality produce this is... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been several time and always enjoy it. Food is fresh, good and lots of local options. The space is bright, welcoming and within a fun shop to check out!

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Thank AmberB460
OrkneyJudith, General Manager at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed in our visit. We chose this café because we thought it was child friendly, however when we arrived we were left to struggle to sit down and there were no high chairs. Or perhaps it would be faired to say there were no high chair was offered by the staff. Looking through the menu we saw a lot... More 

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Thank Tea_lover2013
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

We are sorry you were not happy with your visit to us but we have been extremely busy and it sounds that on the day you visited us it was infact very busy indeed, as you say you struggled to get a seat. We do of course have high chairs and consider us to be child friendly as we are... More 

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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely soups, cakes, seafood. And the shop sells all the food for you to take home! A real Aladdins cave of gifts and snacks

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Thank Alexweed
OrkneyJudith, General Manager at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. We work hard here at Judith Glue to make you visit enjoyable. It is always good to hear we have achieved this. More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right opposite from the cathedral and known also as Judith Glue this was a superb café serving local delicacies s well as coffee. It also had an attached high level gift shop and was a touch of class and highly recommended for tourists. It is a pity more cafes do not meet the standards set here, as the service and... More 

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Thank StAlbansWilbo
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

So great to receive your review and l am so glad you loved my shop and Cafe and l will pass on your lovely comments to the team Thank you very much Judith More 

New York City, New York
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66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this restaurant/cafe is inside the shop Judith Glue. So you have to search for it. Nice and friendly.

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Thank poesy
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your 5 star review and we are very happy that you enjoyed our service - thank you Judith More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is at the back of an excellent souvenir and gift shop, two birds with one stone! Wonderful selection of locally sourced food, with recipes and combinations of ingredients that will satisfy even the most pernickety of foodies. Don't be afraid to try the occasional odd-sounding dish: the parsnip, rhubarb & ginger soup was amazing! Local cheese board is... More 

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Thank Craigmil1ar
OrkneyJudith, General Manager at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review. We try to use local produce when ever we can as there is so much great food Orkney has to offer. Thank you once again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $17
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Vegetarian, Healthy, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 874225
Description
Our Real Food Cafe/'Restaurant is situated in the Judith Glue Shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkney's main town. We are open Monday-Saturday 9am - 10pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm during June, July and August. The rest of the year we are open Mon -Sat 9am -6pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm We specialize in home cooked local Orkney Produce cooked in front 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 accepted 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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