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US$3 - US$18
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Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

We both had the steak and ale pie, good quality as there was no fat or gristle, good quality and reasonably priced. Enjoyed it. The only criticism is the choice wasn’t great, I was hoping for some Orkney seafood

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

Lovely meal and drinks, we visited this week foe my birthday while up in Orkney. 3 meals, 2 puddings and 2 rounds of drinks four 3 people (including beers) £68. Wonderful Burger menu, loved the Hawaiian burger it was lovely! Sign says children welcome but...be aware they are only welcome if your eating. Even outside in beer garden they are not allowed for even soft drinks only if your eating in restaurant. Lovely meal and friendly staff would recommend bookingMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 8 July 2021 via mobile

Reasonable pub grub. Plates good but panini a bit plain. Tucked away and quiet. Very reasonable prices. Good range of beers on tap with a range of local ones to try.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 28 June 2021 via mobile

We stopped for a bar lunch - beautiful food, great beer and lovely service. Lovely menu. Good and clear covid procedures in place.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 24 June 2021

Popped into this place for a drink, love supporting local businesses. Won't be doing that again. It amazes me that when the hospitality sector is struggling to survive in this COVID era, that guests can be made to feel like you are imposing on the...place. Maybe COVID will filter out the chaff.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 10 June 2021

St Ola looks depressing from the outside. And it proved to be ‘depressing’. The only good thing about the room was the view over the commercial docks. Our room was decidedly dated. The shower was ancient. Breakfast was a joke. We ate there twice. Breakfast...was served in the shabby hotel bar. One look in the evening sent us scurrying to the bar next door. On the first occasion we ate breakfast there my wife ordered a boiled egg. Unbelievably St Ola’s does not possess egg cups so the egg arrived in a poached egg container. The coffee I ordered proved to be powdered Nescafe from a jar. – awful! I had to go and find cutlery myself. My Scottish breakfast was OK. On the second occasion, although we were the only people there for breakfast we had to wait half an hour for our food. The barman explained that “there has been a problem”. The only saving grace was that the staff were pleasant.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 10 November 2020

The hotel bar had an outside beer garden so took the opportunity to try some Orkney beers which were excellent. Also tried a couple of Orkney gins and that was a good hour or so well spent.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 6 November 2020 via mobile

I wasn’t sure that I’d do a review here as I don’t generally like leaving negative leaning reviews for local businesses. We went for a child free lunch for the first time in nearly a year which we were both looking forward too. We both...ordered burgers. Each burger had 2 patties. Unfortunately 3 out of our 4 patties were raw in the middle. Now, when we bought this up they were immediately re-cooked and the burgers, chips and side salad were very tasty in the end. But it was very disappointing to have raw meat served to us given at the time we were the only people in. Service was good to resolve and staff were apologetic. As I say the properly cooked food was tasty. My other big gripe of the visit was once a few more people had come in to eat all we could hear was mobile phones pinging, message alerts, notification sounds. It was really annoying. Are we the only people who want a peaceful ‘phone-free’ meal? Have some common courtesy and turn your volume off. Even better, St Ola Hotel, perhaps request your guests silence their phone, a’ la the cinema?More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 October 2020

Popped in here during the week for lunch. Was pretty busy pretty early but had good Covid measures in place. Staff were really nice and the food was enjoyable. Would return

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 28 September 2020

We had an excellent evening meal here, especially the nachos to start. Staff were great and did a good job particularly with the restrictions covid imposes. We went a couple more times for a drink and continued to be impressed.

Date of visit: September 2020
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5