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Judith Glue and The Real Food Cafe

Judith Glue and The Real Food Cafe 

The Real Food Cafe is situated at the back of Judith Glues shop
an Aladdins cave situated opposite St Magnus Cathedral.
  Everything is cooked in our open to order with our Real Food team lead by Head Cook Kirsty Aim who has many years of baking and cooking experience over 17 years. Enjoy drinking  a well chosen glass of good wine , local gin or local Ale or Malt along with your food  as we are licenced and also except children of any age on our licenced premises.
We serve cooked food to 5/5.30pm Monday to Saturday in Summer season with hot drinks cakes till 5.30. Sundays are shorter but food is still normally 4/4.30pm

Our Real Food Cafe  ethos is always to incorporate as much local fresh Orkney produce as possible in our dishes and make fresh on the spot, as these days customers want to know the providence  of what is on their plates and where it is sourced locally.

Our blackboard changes daily throughout the day depending what is coming out the pot and what has run out. We make our own Vegan soup fresh every day  and bake our own Orkney cheese scones, fruit scones and our very own recipe of Bere Bannock that is  unique . Vegan and Gluten free choices such as salads soup, sand wichs  are available and we have gluten free bread, cakes and oatcakes. We only have a small kitchen but we always accomodate your dietaty needs - please ask your server if you need any information 

We normally have very fresh Orkney crab on 4 or 5 days  - it is a must that it is fresh  but it does arrive just on certain days and sells fast - so we do run out and serve it on a first come basis  !
Fresh Crab salads, Crab rolls , Crab baked tatties - peedie pots of Crab served with oatcakes , Shapinsay chutney and salad garnish are also on our menu if you would just like a wee taste.
Smoked Salmon from the North Isle of Westray is always on our menu and is delivered by boat two or three times a week in the summer 
Westray marinated roll mop herring , Orkney hot chunky cheese melts freshly grilled with Orkney Hickory Ham as an extra if you wish., local butchers bacon, eggs , sausage BLT rolls are simple but delicious light lunch choices.
This is the way we work and make our food  always homemade - fresh on the spot never mass produced and only the best quality produce made in Orkney.
Orkney Seafood and Variety Taster boards and  homemade Quiche  are baked fresh every day. 
Many folk mention the waft of fresh morning baking with our Dark Island  beer cake and rich high in coca solids topped with thick  cream or our famous Orkney fudge cheesecake and selection of our own tray bakes, such as Orkney millionaire homemade shortbread, cream topped carrot cake de, lemon and drizzle cake and of course sticky chocolate brownies.

Its simple great food that we revel in  cooked with love and and care and these days  sadly you have to search Scotland to find it,  luckily in Orkney we are very pleased to say you can still find gems of places on our mainland that care about what they serve you on your plate. 
We provide  an excellent choice of Orkney ice cream and  why not choose your ice cream cone from choices like Orkney fudge, Rhubarb and custard , original vanilla - my favourite and of course more amazing choices on offer and  sit on the Kirk Green basking nfront of our  magnificent St Magnus Cathedral watching the local antics of a Wedding blackening- an ancient local tradition when the ready to be newly weds are paraded around our small windy streets on the back of a truck with family and friends banging drums singing songs and having a wild time- its not for everyone to enjoy as the Bride and Groom are hideously covered in unruly messy stuff and then usually tied to our Market cross with bubble wrap,  when they make every effort to escape, but are watched eagerly by friends standing buy waiting to catch them - its a very messy business - totally unpoliced which is un heard  of these days . a site to be holden !!
A few weeks later they are outside our Cathedral parading in their finery with gorgeous Wedding  dresses , kilted best men and an array of bridesmaids for all our  world wide  visitors and locals to people watch often with horse carriages, vintage cars or very expensive tractors .

There really is never a dull moment on Saturdays in the Summer in Kirkwall 

Why not visit us and sit ionone of our Orkney chairs you will love the photo opportunity as you dont see these chairs in the flesh often now as they are made by few Chair makers who all have a long waiting list - Fraser Anderson makes ours if you visit him Fraser who started was as a teenager and also owns a great antique rare Orkney  Chair collection with many originally made from ships beams and driftwood  

A very good selection list of our local Ales, Gins, Rum, Vodka, Aquavit and of course our two famous Scapa and Highland Park Malt whiskies are always available with very good choice of red white and rose wines,  as l have a husband who loves his wine and chooses our wine list from our local Orkney supplier.  We are licenced and children are very welcome at any time of day in our cafe premises

We serve Orkney Aria Espresso  coffee ground here in Orkney, you can also buy it along with Orkney oatcakes, biscuits , shortbread. cheeses, smoked salmon , olives and a selection of local alcohol choices in our front shop.
Tea PIGS tea is also our chosen cafe supplier with Scottish break fast teas , Orkney milk shakes
Daily specials are posted regularly our Facebook page for Judith Glue Shop and The Real Food Cafe. Usually in mornings to let you know choice of soup , daily special ,quiche of the day and cake

Judith Glue and The Real Food Cafe

January   February  March
Mon - Sat   10am - 5pm


Mon - Sat   9am - 5pm  

Mon - Sat   9am - 6pm 
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Mon - Sat   9am - 6pm 
Sunday 10am - 5.30pm

Monday - Saturday   9am - 5.30pm 
Sunday 11am - 4pm

October   November   
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm 

Monday -Saturday 10am - 5.30pm 
Sunday 3rd/10th/17th  11am -4pm 
Closed 24th Xmas Eve at 4pm 
Closed 25th  26th 27th Dec
Open 28th 29th 30th and 31st  11am -4pm 

Closed 1st Jan  2nd and 3rd January 2024
Open 4th 5th and 6th January 11am -4pm 
Sunday 7th January 11am -4pm 

Tel. 01856 87 4225 or e-mail
25 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DH  



The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms 

This is our new venture we renovated and we launched it in 2018
A stones through away from vibrant Kirkwalls independent shop and a short walk towards the harbour from Judith Glue and The Real Food Cafe

Book your table or stay in one of our luxury rooms
We would love you to come and see our  renovated and re cycled original Herring curing station and see all the detail inside for yourself with interior designed by Judith Glue and husband David Spence

Eat with us 7 evenings a week and also enjoy a Sunday lunch-  sometimes Saturday lunch but check this with us when booking when booking  .
Concentrating again on fantastic local produce with Danny Cormack our  locally born Orkney Head Chef heading our Restaurant  team Danny creates and makes local dishes using only the best meat fish seafood and you will love to look at his dishes let alone eat them
Gayle Sutherland is our General manger of The Storehouse and is always contactable to discuss your table booking and if you have and special dietary menu requests or you are planning a special event please do not hesitate to talk to her 
The best way to book your table  is by e mail or drop in during day
 see us on Trip Advisor as we are one of the top two Kirkwall restaurants
Read all about The Storehouse our Food Ethos and luxury rooms