Food

Apart from breakfast we are happy to provide picnic lunches and evening meals/light suppers – 24 hours notice required (for dinner on a Sat/Sun we need to know choices on Friday) and subject to availability. Please see our sample menu - menu and prices subject to change.

Orkney produces its own whisky, wine, gin, rum, beer, ice cream, coffee, cheese and fudge to name but a few. It is a food lovers dream with excellent seafood and meat on offer, often followed by wonderful desserts or homebakes. For those with a sweet tooth we recommend you do not leave without sampling Orkney Fudge Cheesecake or a visit to Gerry’s Ice Cream Parlour in Stenness! Our guests have also been very pleasantly surprised at the choice of Gluten Free meals available in Orkney.

In our food folder we have a selection of sample menus from several bars/restaurants. A great selection of local produce is used in all eateries.

During particularly busy times it is recommended to book well in advance. We are happy to make reservations for you. It should be noted that Orkney eats early with many places starting serving at 6pm and stopping between 8.30 – 9pm. Some suggestions of good places to eat are as follows:

Evening Meals

Kirkwall – Helgi’s - www.helgis.co.uk/menu, The Ayre Hotel - www.ayrehotel.co.uk/dining, St Ola - www.stolahotel.co.uk/bars.html – Orkney fayre, all giving good views over the harbour.

Dil Se for Indian food - www.dilserestaurant.co.uk/, The Empire for Chinese and Lucano’s for Italian. Fish & Chips – The Harbour Fry, Bews Chip Shop (also does Chinese!)

The Merkister, Harray – www.merkister.com/restaurant.html - bar suppers or The Skerries Restaurant. One of our favourite places to eat and all Straigona guests get 10% off their food bill on production of one of our discount cards. Lovely views over Harray Loch and great menu choice.

The Foveran, Orphir – www.thefoveran.com/menus/ - excellent food, small restaurant and definitely requires pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Skerries Bistro, South Ronaldsay – www.skerriesbistro.co.uk/ - fantastic views out over the sea. Specialises in fresh, line caught fish.

Lunches

A good number of cafes in Kirkwall to choose from including The Reel, CafeLolz and Trenabies. A little walk to Wellpark Garden Centre and you will find a great cafe there as well.

Birsay – Birsay Bay Tearooms – birsaybaytearoom.co.uk/ - sit and watch seals most days while you enjoy your lunch.

Sandwick/Skaill – Both the Orkney Brewery - www.orkneybrewery.co.uk/visitor-centre/tasting-hall and Skara Brae Visitor Centres have cafes.

Stromness – again quite a few cafes to choose from including Julia’s, Kitson’s Kitchen and The Tearoom.

Burray – The Fossil centre cafe and The Sands Hotel.

South Ronaldsay - Skerries Bistro, just along from Tomb of the Eagles, serves excellent lunches along with lovely views across the sea. In St Margaret's Hope there is Robertsons Coffee Hoose and Bar. Lovely atmosphere, good food AND some local crafts.

Snacks....

There are various small shops selling filled rolls and local bakery products plus some excellent snack vans around and about, including the Snack Pot opposite Ortak, Hatston and Leigh’s in the car park at Finstown.

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