The Foveran

St Ola, Orkney Islands

Stunning sea views accompany the food at this ‘welcoming’ restaurant-with-rooms, where the dining room overlooks the sheltered waters of Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney Islands. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Stunning sea views accompany the food at this ‘welcoming’ restaurant-with-rooms, where the dining room overlooks the sheltered waters of Scapa Flow and the southern Orkney Islands. It is a family affair, run by Paul and Helen Doull, in the kitchen and front-of-house, with Paul’s brother Hamish and Hamish’s wife, Shirley, in charge of maintenance and administration. Simple, ‘spotless’ ground-floor bedrooms have Scottish fabrics, neutral decor and Duck Island toiletries. In the dining room, with its watery, big-sky views through floor-to-ceiling windows, a handwoven tapestry is by cousin Leila Thomson. Paul works with local, seasonal, traceable, sustainable produce – the distinctive, seaweed-grazed North Ronaldsay lamb, Orkney beef and shellfish – to create short menus of such dishes as baked fillet of sole, smoked olive and lemon tapenade, and fillet steak topped with caramelised onions and haggis under a puff-pastry lattice, with whisky cream sauce. Breakfast brings salted porridge, home-baked bannock, Orkney sausages, salmon smoked by Jollys of Kirkwall with buttery scrambled eggs, or a vegetarian full Scottish. Reports, please.

Hotel details

Address

Kirkwall
St Ola
Orkney Islands
KW15 1SF
Scotland

Telephone

01856 872389

Bedrooms

8. All on ground floor, 1 single with private bathroom across hall.

Open

Apr–early Oct, by arrangement at other times, restaurant closed variable times Apr, Oct.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, in-room TV, 12-acre grounds (private rock beach), restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

local/Scottish traditional in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single from £85, double £125–£140, D,B&B (for dinner up to £30) single from £113, double from £180. À la carte £37. 1-night bookings refused May–Sept (phone to check).