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“The Experience Was Outstanding”
Review of The Creel B&B

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The Creel B&B
Reviewed 9 June 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights over the Jubilee Week, a fantastic experience, food was as good as the top restaurants in London but with a better view and very quiet, I would reccomend this high quality establishment to anyone who is going to Orkney, I have stayed in some of the best hotels in the world the Creel ranks amongst the best ( don't make the mistake that we did book the restaurant in advance going to other venues will disappoint)

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

We stayed here for 2nights weather food hosts were superb i would reccomend to stay
at this unpretentious high quality inn we were looked after better than anywhere we have
stayed in a long time .
The rooms are a bit dated but the views and cleanliness are super we would we love to
return again one day have not had fish ect better and we have travelled and stayed in lots
of places its a gem..

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Don't assume otherwise, but my wife and I enjoyed staying here for 2 nights during our two week drive throughout Scotland. It was comfortable, clean, unbelievably quiet, and located in a serene sea-side setting. We stayed in the top floor in a huge room with skylights, a detached bathroom and a supreme view across Scapa Flow. What more would you want as Creel more than satisfied our needs during our terrific visit to The Orkneys.

We did eat dinner for one night at the establishment as they were clossed for dinner the other night. The food they served was as good and well presented as others have said and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Breakfasts were equally as fine and presented.

If you are expecting all the glitz and glitter of a big city lodging, you may not find it here. But look at this magnificent location and what you have is certainly much more than adaquate. Certainly no need to stay anywhere else on the Island.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

The meal in the creel restaurant was once more quite simply the best I have ever eaten. I am local from the village and have eaten here many times over the last 25 years and have never been served anything less than perfect, I have dined in many restaurants throughout the world, , London, Hong Kong, Thailand, Norway to name but a few places, but the Creel is without a doubt the best. A recent review stated the seafood was not fresh, I can only assume the reviewer unfortunately does not know what fresh seafood tastes like. As a local Orcadian, I will only eat fresh seafood, as in Orkney it is readily available and once again the Creel did not disappoint. If you visit Orkney and like seafood, its a must that you eat here.
I look forward to my next meal.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

Be a little cautious about what you expect from The Creel. We expected a first-class seafood restaurant ( Rick Stein, Good Food Guide), with rooms attached. All reviews mention fantastic fresh ingredients, with the chef buying whatever looks best from the boats that morning. That is not what we got. Starters were very good, but all of our main courses were very disappointing. Surprisingly, it was not the quality of the cooking that let them down, but the quality of the ingredients. Our scallops may well have been hand dived, but they had not been hand dived very recently. In fact, I suspect they may even have been frozen. Texture and colour were both wrong. The fish stew of halibut, ling and lobster sounded wonderful but, again, the ingredients did not seem particularly fresh. Our worst fears were confirmed when the dinner menu was identical on the second evening of our stay.
We did not try desserts but we did overhear another diner saying "the desserts are exactly the same as they were when I worked here 20 years ago."
Wine list is ok but very narrow. Only one chardonnay in a seafood restaurant was surprising.
Bizarrely, the chef seems to focus his attention on breakfast, which could not be faulted. Warm fruit compote with yoghurt, warm smoked salmon, and delicious home baked bread.
Our room was quite large and furnished adequately, although we both found the beds very uncomfortable.
Bed and breakfast is £110, which is acceptable because of the outstanding breakfast. Dinner is £32 for two courses, which would have been fine if ingredients had been fresher.
If you go expecting a pretty good bed and breakfast, with above average dinner, you will enjoy the experience.
St Margaret's Hope is a very pretty little village.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Stayed here for one night and dinner at the end of August 2011 at the beginning of a long weekend in Orkney, and all subsequent accommodation and eateries we visited had a lot to live up to by comparison. The quality of ingredients for both dinner and breakfast were exceptional, and among some of the best I've had anywhere.

My kipper for breakfast was delicious, and the homemade muesli superb (who would have thought homemade muesli could be so different from shop bought - but it was!). My wife's fruit compote was also something very special for breakfast, as were the sausage and bacon.

Dinner was excellent (and the homemade bread and bannocks a great touch), and our accommodation in room 2 very comfortable, with great views across to the pier (and the lovely sunset was a nice bonus - although can't give the Creel full credit for that!).

General ambience was very nice, and we felt very free to come and go as we please, as well as use the well-placed communal areas. Fresh flowers were also lovely.

All in all, an outstanding establishment - the owners should be very proud of all their hardwork - well done!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

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

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Address: Front Road, St Margaret's Hope KW17 2SL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > South Ronaldsay > St Margaret's Hope
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in St Margaret's Hope
Price Range: £50 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Under new ownership from 2016, The Creel B&B is located in a beautiful listed building situated in the prime position of the Bay of St. Margaret's Hope, with gorgeous view over Scapa Flow and islands. We have 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities and free high-speed WiFi. The historic village of St. Margaret's Hope is a great base from which to explore Orkney and is also convenient for the Pentland Ferry's 3 daily sailings. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Creel Restaurant With Rooms Hotel St. Margaret`s Hope
Creel Hotel With Rooms
The Creel B&B Orkney Islands, Scotland

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