The Storehouse

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  • Restaurant with Rooms

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They don't open new hotels very often in Kirkwall – this is the first one to open for eighty years! – but when they do, they seem to be right on the money. This new restaurant with rooms, housed in a characterful old building, it is not only a great place to stay but a decent place to eat too, with a first-class restaurant that is just the ticket for the centre of Orkney's historic main town. The hotel occupies a converted herring store from the late-19th century, which had seen other uses until renowned local knitwear designer Judith Glue and her husband David Spence bought it seven years ago. They run Judith Glue and The Real Food Café, also in Kirkwall, so they have a track record in hospitality, and they've done a brilliant job not only in converting this historic, listed building with sensitivity and style but also in having the determination to see it through – just getting planning permission took five years!

What they have created has been worth waiting for –  a very special boutique hotel with just eight en-suite rooms and a ground floor occupied by a contemporary restaurant that celebrates local cuisine and ingredients. As you might expect from someone with her own creative business, Judith designed each of the rooms herself, with high-end retro furnishings and of course beautiful cushions, throws and other knitwear. Each room  is different with its own story to tell, defined by distinctive colour palettes that vary from deep marine blues to tweedy mustards and browns; some still have beams recycled from sailing ships, others sport whale sculptures, while all boast local Orkney scenes, painted by Judith's sister Jane, a local watercolourist. All the rooms also have wooden floors, large flatscreen smart TVs and decent wifi, reading lights, complimentary tea, coffee and shortbread – and fresh milk on request – plus super-comfy king-size or super-king-size beds with high quality bedding, and bathrooms with underfloor heating, spacious showers, fluffy towels and robes and local toiletries and the larger rooms have baths as well as showers. 

Accessibility isn't a problem – you can reach all the rooms by lift as well as stairs – and it's nice too that some have a balcony with a quiet historic town view. Downstairs, the restaurant mirrors the cool stylishness of the rooms, with an open kitchen and a menu that is reassuringly packed full of good things to eat from the sea, all beautifully cooked and displaying a variety of influences – though happily they're not so cool as to not have lots of options for non-fish-eaters (great local beef and lamb), or to forgo a decent kids menu (or to serve a roast on Sunday!).

Lots of people are saying that this place is just what Orkney – and specifically Kirkwall – needed. And we can't help but agree.



We are the first hotel to open in Kirkwall for eighty years

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My favourite room is called "Rackwick" and l named it after the beautiful low lying valley of Rackwick on the Orkney Island of Hoy. It has a small balcony and a spectacular photo of Rackwick beach hangs above the double ended bath which makes me feel I am lying on the golden sand enjoying the sea air. 


There is so much to love about Orkney from its rolling green and wild heathery fields to remote sandy beaches where you can be perfectly alone. We also have an abundance wildlife and wild flowers so when you go for long walks you will always see something new. Orkney has a World heritage site and there are many small tombs and very well known  Archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, The Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones and of course the Ness of Brodgar which has just only been recently excavated and is open to visitors in the summer as a live dig.
We are also very lucky to have loads of wonderful independent shops in Kirkwall many selling locally made crafts, knitwear and jewellery. Our sister business is " Judith Glue and The Real Food Cafe" which many people describe as  an Aladdins cave full of uniquely designed gifts, Clothing and Knitwear.

Food & Drink

If we are not eating in our own restaurant then we like to go to Lucanos our local Italian restaurant or Helgis which serves great pub food with a twist. Both are in Kirkwall a stones throw away from The Storehouse.


Prices start at £120 per night includes a Continental Breakfast - min 2-night stay. 

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The Owner Says

Built in 1880 originally as a herring and pork curing store, the Storehouse is a grade B Listed Building situated just off Kirkwalls historic stone paved shopping street full of independent shops . Sympathetically renovated and designed  in 2018 recycling all the materials within the original building, we express what is great about Orcadian food and design, mixing the old with the new. Downstairs we have created a large ground floor restaurant and eight luxury rooms on the upper two floors all with lift access and full of unique features with each room having their own special Orkney story to tell.First floor bedrooms  have their original wooden posts, which we believe to be recycled from tall mast sailing ships and also feature detailing such as wooden shutters, stone sills, oak boarded floors. All eight rooms are en-suite, have underfloor heating , spacious walk-in rainfall showers, fluffy bath towels and robes with complimentary toiletries. Our four superior rooms have double ended baths with pictorial Orkney photographs and the top floor bedrooms have remote controlled velux windows. Beds are super king size and have luxury Egyptian cotton bedding, an extra bed for children under 12 can be supplied in the superior rooms.  Interiors have been designed by Judith owner and textile designer giving a unique Orcadian feel. The  soft furnishings and blackout curtains were especially designed for each room and are made from Bronte Tweed and thick cotton velvet. There are large flat screen smart TVs, USB charging points, reading lights, fluffy bath robes, complimentary choice of tea pigs tea, coffee and local shortbread in every room and fresh milk is always available from reception. The superior and luxury rooms also have large console tables ideal as work stations. Original paintings hang throughout the building and have been painted by Judiths twin sister Jane Glue who is a well known local water colour artist. Free WI FI is provided in all spaces.Our Storehouse breakfast is cooked to order and made with local Orkney Produce with a continental option also available. Evening and Lunch menus are changed daily and our Chefs use the best of local Orkney produce which is famous for it meat and seafood. There is also a restaurant bar where you can relax infront of the log fire and enjoy a local malt or Ale.


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