“ Address: Tankerness / Scottish Islands / Orkney / KW17 2QU / Tel: +44 01856 861255 „
The Quoyburray Inn is located near Tankerness, on the Orkney mainland. It gives its address as Tankerness, but I'm not sure there is a definable place called Tankerness. It is located on the A960, around 5 miles from Kirkwall.
My parents and I decided to head for Quoyburray for tea one night, having seen it advertised in a few places and thought it looked like a nice Scottish country pub. Evening meals are served from 6pm to 9pm, and we arrived around 6.30pm to find it empty - this soon changed however, and most tables were taken when we left after our meal.
The interior is slightly outdated but not shabby - it is very much a Scottish pub which maybe hasn't had an update for a long time. It is clean and well kept, and the staff are very friendly. Service is quick and attentive with a smile, but not overbearing - you are left in peace to enjoy your meal. The toilets are also outdated and a bit stark, but again clean and well looked after, which is the main thing.
To drink I had my customary Tennents, my mum had an orange coloured J20 (shes not fussed about individual flavours as long as it's an orange one, not a pink one), and my dad had local ale Red MacGregor. Worth noting that the Quoyburray does not have any local ales on draught (or didn't at the time of our visit, early June 2010), only bottled
The menu is not extensive, but offers reasonable choice. There are several grill options, and a number of other dishes including vegetarian options, such as veggie lasagne. I chose Orkney Grimbister Cheese and my dad had potato wedges to start. The cheese was lovely, baked in breadcrumbs with chutney and side salad, and although the potato wedges looked rather dull, my dad enjoyed them. Portion sizes were good for starters, leading us to wonder what main course sizes would be like...
My battered haddock (served with chips, salad and coleslaw) was of whale-like proportions. It was huge. And very tasty. I like food - but I couldn't come close to finishing it. The steak and chicken tower my mum chose was also very large, topped with bacon and cheese and served with chips and vegetables. It also went unfinished. The only clean plate was my dad's mixed grill. The various meats included in it came in large sizes, along with a hefty portion of chips, a few onion rings and a rather puny helping of peas (understandable given the lack of space on the plate). We all enjoyed our meal, and made a point of saying so to the staff - the leftovers on two plates was not a sign of not liking the meal!
After those gigantic servings, we didn't have pudding...
The value for money at the Quoyburray Inn was excellent. There was nothing fancy about the food, but it was very good quality bar food, and in large quantities. The total bill including one drink each was around £47, and for the amount of good food we had that really is great value.
It may be slightly out of the way compared to the various eating options in Kirkwall, but the Quoyburray Inn is worth a visit if you're in Orkney. We didn't book but if we'd arrived just half an hour later at 7pm we could have had problems getting a table. Weeknights may be quieter.