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“Nice food - Convenient for the North Hoy Ferry”
Review of Beneth'ill Cafe

Beneth'ill Cafe
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Hoy
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish, British, Cafe
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Good for: View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Welcoming cafe serving freshly made food in a beautiful location. Open from 10am to 6pm daily. Only 5 minutes walk from the Moaness ferry terminal.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

A nice little cafe / restaurant ; very close to the North Hoy Ferry.

Very convenient for a drink / tea / cake whilst waiting for the boat.

The restaurant also offers a more formal menu, with fresh sea food available.

Staff friendly - and obviously used to working around the boats schedule.

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Thank Albia-Newton
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Our guide Kinlay from Orkney Uncovered booked us a table to eat here while on a private tour of Hoy. Firstly the location is quite amazing, right below the Hoy hills overlooking the sea.

We both ordered a light lunch of paninis and quiche with soup. Both of which were delicious and came with a lovely array of salad. The only thing we would ask is if the lady serving the food would speak up a little as she was very quiet and difficult to hear.

When we come back to Hiy we will stay at a B&B and eat here one night as the evening meals look great.

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Thank Jason O
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Firstly, this is not a review of the food, which I'm sure is lovely judging by other reviews - I just didn't have any.

I was on Hoy for a single afternoon, cycling over to the path to the Old Man. I saw the reviews of this place on TripAdvisor and thought it looked like a good option for dinner before the late ferry back on a Friday night, if I could get back there in time before they stopped serving at 9 (as advertised both online and on posters at the ferry pier). I wasn't sure if I'd make it back in time, so didn't book anything, but thought I'd do my best.

After an exhausting cycle, walk, and fast-as-I-could cycle back into the teeth of a bitter north wind, I managed to get back at 8.40. Unfortunately, I was told, I was too late and they couldn't serve me. Well, precisely, I was told that they probably *could* still give me food, but they had to prioritise finishing off the meals of the other people already there. (It was busy, but not full, with two tables free.) I would have been pathetically grateful for even a bowl of soup at this point, given how cold and exhausted I was, but no.

Had I known earlier that it wasn't worth racing back to try to get there while they were nominally still open, I'd have eaten my own food on the cliffside overlooking the Old Man. As it was, I ate it in the frigid ferry waiting room at Moanness Pier, feeling rather sorry for myself…

As I say, this review is not in any way a reflection on the food or other quality of the cafe, but a warning for anyone else thinking of just trying their luck when they pass.

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2  Thank skittledog
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

A wonderful surprise to find this gem in this remote and beautiful area of Hoy. The location, service and food were fantastic and both wine and food good value. Plenty of choice for our meal, all beautifully presented. Cakes looked great too, try to fit in coffee and cake or afternoon tea as well as lunch or supper!

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Thank SwanseaSuse
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Whatever you do....do not think of this establishment as just a "cafe".

We experienced some superb restaurant standard food, prepared and swerved by warm friendly staff in an excellent location close to the Ferry back to Stromness. The Orkney steak and fresh sea food was wonderful!
Orkney produce at its very best! Every dish presented to those in the restaurant on the adjacent tables looked just as good as the presentation of our crab tartlet and the steak that was beautifully cooked.
Oh ! Don't forget deserts. The array on offer is well worth the trip on its own!
You don't even need to go off the beaten track...it is right there beside the Ferry you can walk to / from the ferry in 3 mins - wonderful views!

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2  Thank WilliamD_R2014
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