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Delighted Customer Review
Dear Storehouse Restaurant
Just a wee word from our party, we were absolutely delighted with every aspect of our visit, the welcome was warm, the atmosphere was excellent, the food and drink were magnificent, the establishment bright, airy and was spotlessly clean, the staff were such a pleasure to talk with, we cannot wait to return, please pass on our grateful thanks to the whole team, very well done.
The Pellow's, The MacDonald's and The Smarts
Nine out of Ten rated by The Times
In a nutshell -Judith Glue had long admired a run-down Victorian herring-curing storehouse in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney’s lively capital, where the knitwear designer runs a popular shop and café. “It was crying out for something to be done with it,” she says. “And we thought it would make a fantastic small hotel or restaurant.” After an ambitious £1.4 million restoration, it is now both. Working with her husband, David Spence they both created a showcase of vibrant contemporary design and craftsmanship celebrating Orkney’s sweeping scenery.
To read more https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-cool-hotel-guide-the-storehouse-kirkwall-orkney-vnzbxfh5p
Amazing stay at The Storehouse - Tripadvisor Review
From first entering the building we were absolutely delighted by the air of warmth, calm and welcome by both the beautiful surroundings and the smiling staff. Whilst showing us to our 2 rooms, the owners David and Judith took great trouble to tell us all about the history and restoration of the building, and more about the naming of our rooms - Norn and Radwick. The building has 8 rooms over 2 floors with stunning interior decor throughout all areas of the building. It has a long history in Kirkwall and photos of the transformation can be seen around the building - it's quite simply a work of art to merge the age of the stone and timber against the comfort of the soft furnishings and traditional Orkney furniture (especially the large woven chairs which my daughter fell in love with!)
The individuality of the hotel is amazing, with lots of nooks and crannies to come across and enjoy.We had a large room, with a massive bathroom, walk in cupboard and lots of personal touches. Both bedrooms were decorated to exceptional standard in hues of natural sea colours in tune with the island.. There was so much attention to detail - a fantastic selection of teas and coffee, genuine Orkney shortbread, fabulous fluffy towels and dressing gowns - I was spoilt for choice which was my favourite thing in the room. The decor had lots of real Scottish touches, and all the bathroom amenities were made in Orkney too. We really couldn't have asked for more.
Breakfast was Continental - fresh and plentiful and a choice of having it in your room or the restaurant .... what a treat! The restaurant is a fantastic open space with lots of charm and character, and the bar area was full of comfortable seats, a fire, and a full range of wines, whisky and local beers. The lighting and space made you feel so relaxed, and once again the owners made it feel like you were invited to their home, by their warmth, knowledge and welcome. We got lots of great tips of special places to visit off the tourist map - quiet coves, beautiful beaches and areas to meet some of the local wildlife like puffins.
After 5 nights in the Storehouse, I felt like part of the family ..... and a serious need to revisit ASAP! Thank you so much - we'll be back.
"Award winner in the 2020 IIA Awards"
Last Monday the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) The Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms, was recognised in the biennial ( IAA ) Inverness Architectural Association Awards.
The project won highly commended in the ‘new life for old buildings’ category.
The project was part-funded under the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative which was supported by Orkney Islands Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.
Councillor Graham Sinclair said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in the restoration of the Storehouse for winning the design award this week.
“The Storehouse was part of a £3.5 million Kirkwall Town Centre major restoration project that ended in 2018 that was set to put some lift identified major old buildings within Kirkwall that were in need of renovation . The aim of the project was to help restore these buildings , making it a more attractive place and to create more jobs.”
Architect Leslie Burgher said: “I am delighted that the project and David and Judith's vision for it have received this recognition from the profession across the Highlands and Islands.”
The Storehouse now employs a team of the equivelant of 20-30 Full Time and Part Time staff in 2023 and is open for visiting guests and locals throughout the Year.
It continues to be very successful and expansion plans to add more rooms are now underway.
They don't open new hotels very often in Kirkwall – In 2018 this is the first one to open for eighty years!
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.
To read more https://www.coolplaces.co.uk/hotels/uk/scotland/scottish-isles/orkney/9285-the-storehouse