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Beneth'ill Cafe

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Hoy Delivery Office Linksness, KW16 3NJ, Scotland
+44 1856 791119
10:00 - 16:30
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Stunning views to accompany basic but tasty cafe food. Concise menu as to be expected from a remote eatery but what we had was adequate. Will visit again if in Hoy.

Thank Revatron
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My friend and I were in need of a tent whilst camping at Rackwick, as the one we had bought was far too small. Crystal the owner of the cafe and her husband Rob and daughter Ruby, with their dogs brought us their tent. Which was a lifesaver. We had some delicious hot choc and Rocky Road at the cafe.... More 

Thank Ruggedadventurer
Didcot, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The weather was awful and we did not know it was possible to wait in the dry by the ferry, so we stopped here. I understand that they need to survive and very few people can visit them, and most people have no other option, still it was a very expensive break... the most expensive break we had in the... More 

Thank jcrossBdV
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Beneth'ill Cafe is in a beautiful location with the sea on one side and the Hoy hills on the other. The food is mainly toasties, paninis, soup and sandwiches but all delicious, especially the home made soup. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the prices very reasonable.

Thank David M
Island of Malta, Malta
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Who would have thought that on the desolate island of Hoy the one and only café would serve the best meal we've had so far in Orkney. I polished off my plate of Chicken Curry (a rare thing for me) and had two servings of the Summer Fruit Crumble.

Thank l C
Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This was a really first rate experience. The home made tomato soup was delicious. The toasties were tasty. I didn't have coffee but those that did said it was excellent. The décor is simple but works very well.

Thank Wyn G
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic little cafe in a lovely building next to the pier. Very welcoming staff after a walk to Rackwick Bay. Good choice and they even had Orkney beer.

Thank craftyfifer
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

If you're waiting for the passenger ferry back to Stromness then this is the place to be. It's only a few hundred yards from the pier, but if the wind is howling and the rain lashing down then you can easily while away the time till the boat comes in!

Thank John J
Congleton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

When going to Hoy, visitors need to be aware that there are very few places offering meals. Our b&b didn't remind us that they couldn't provide a meal on our second night - I had been told weeks earlier by email but forgot. When we realised that we might be without food for the evening, we dashed down to the... More 

Thank suzieq9747
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This little cafe is housed in a beautiful barn conversion and seems a solo venture. It is nicely set out and spotlessly clean, picnic tables outside with lovely views and children are very welcome. There's a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, a daily quiche, soup, hot main and hot pudding. The service is understandably slow when busy but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hoy Delivery Office Linksness, KW16 3NJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Hoy
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 791119
Welcoming cafe, open from 10am to 6pm daily. We also serve evening meals from 6.30Pm till 9pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Only 5 minutes walk from the Moaness ferry terminal.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?