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The Creel B&B
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Food out of this world, especially breakfast. Service friendly and general ambience relaxed and welcoming.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank CSMcL_10
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Food to dream about while enjoying a lovely view over the bay and being treated to friendly service.
We stayed for 3 nights and had a wonderful time. In addition to the best breakfast EVER we got great advice each morning for local walks.
The room at the top is good - plenty of space, warm and comfortalbe.
Well worth a special trip to Orkney

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Thank leedsfoodlover
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

We stayed here for one night in late May 2011 purely from the reputation of the Restaurant.
Firstly i would like to say that the food was superb and utterly great value - i think it was 30 squid for 3 courses, all of which were of the highest quality! A must in the Orkneys!
The room was comfortable and clean - but is definately in need of a revamp as it felt a bit old and tired. That was our only 'problem' with the stay - the room was just not worth anywhere near the price charged.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank John_Henry1975
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

My boyfriend and I took my Mum and Dad (both in their sixties) to Orkney for a short break to celebrate my Dad's birthday. We had a mad internet search for a B&B and after discovering that Orkney leisure industry starts to shut down in September had a lucky break when we secured two rooms at The Creel. And we mean a lucky break!

Originally we were relieved that we had found ANYTHING and I even had a back up lined up for night two should it not be to our liking (the website doesn't really do it justice) BUT we confirmed for our second night almost as soon as we walked in.

Each room was spacious, warm, airy and wonderfully clean (we had Number 1 with a double and a single bed, M & D were in number 2 with a double bed - no i don't feel bad the boyfriend is very tall and a starfish sleeper) and each had a double window view out to sea - lovely.

Joyce and Alan were perfectly accommodating and strike the balance perfectly between welcoming and intrusive - they left us to ourselves but nothing was too much trouble. Night one the restaurant was closed (like I said Orkney winding down in September) but Joyce sorted us a bottle of wine, lovely homemade bread and olives before we went off to the (crappy) Sands for dinner. Night two was a different matter...

The food - ah the food! We had no idea that we were staying at such a good restaurant, and as total foodies this made us nearly cry with joy. My dad doesn't eat shellfish but had a mutton pie that he inhaled for a starter then the boys both had Orkney beef three ways which was melt in the mouth. The girls went for soused, tartare and smoked fish trio starter and then I had monkfish with pork belly and the mum had the scallops - A. MAY. ZING.

We gave Alan candles for Dad in the morning asking him to put them in his pudding but he made him a cake! And it was yum! And the puddings were lovely too (have the chefs special - dee-lish!)

Breakfasts followed a similar tack with steamed kippers, smoked fish risotto, and a delicious scottish breakfast (fabulous bacon and tomatoes) consumed by various across the two mornings, homemade tea bread and jams rounding it all off nicely.

It's not the cheapest by an Orkney mile but it's well, well worth the price. The word on the street is that they may be selling up (the street being an estate agents in Kirkwall) but as this is Orkney that may take some time so GET THERE WHILE YOU CAN

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank JoeyRoey
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

I have eaten a lot of breakfasts, so I say it with it some authority, that this was a breakfast above all others. It's rare to be served by your famous owner chef - prepared to serve a fish special for breakfast in addition to all usual full Scottish or haddock and egg... We had a seafood risotto (for breakfast!!) which was just simply divine - seved up with freshly squeezed orange and artisan bread, and homemade museli.

Do eat in the restaurant - the quality of the cooking is not to be missed. The prices are exceptionally reasonable.

Room are comfortable and well-appointed.

Go soon - it's for sale!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank EdinburghSusan
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