Our Local Suppliers
At The Kirk Café, we use a variety of local island ingredients to create our award-winning food experience. Fresh seafood, succulent Orkney-reared meat, delectable cheese, and freshly brewed beers are just some of the ingredients that make our dishes extra-special.Explore our local producers below
Our Local Suppliers
At The Kirk Café, we use a variety of local island ingredients to create our award-winning food experience. Fresh seafood, succulent Orkney-reared meat, delectable cheese, and freshly brewed beers are just some of the ingredients that make our dishes special.Explore our local producers below
Rendall’s Bakery is a family run bakery, supplying Orcadians with a variety of fresh bread, rolls, savouries, and cakes since 1979. The bakery and retail outlet is based in Kirkwall and the family also run Baikie’s Stores, a general village shop in Finstown. At The Kirk Café we use fresh, high-quality Rendall's Bakery rolls and bread in a variety of our dishes.
Orkney Sourdough Co.
Orkney Sourdough Co. is a small bakery based in Kirkwall, in the heart of Orkney. Swedish chef Karin Jonsson produces delicious sourdough as well as Swedish sweet rolls. Karin's baked goods can be found in various local cafes, restaurants and food vans around Orkney. Here at The Kirk Café, we offer fresh sourdough in our Baked Burnside Bruschetta and as an accompaniment to our Breckon Fish Soup.
Established in 1946 shortly after the Second World War, Orkney Cheese has been part of Orkney’s larder for over 70 years. This multi-award-winning company has been based in their purpose-built creamery in Kirkwall since 2001. The company’s delicious mature cheddar is a main ingredient in our ever-popular Loaded Hasselback Tatties.
Donaldsons of Orkney
Based in Kirkwall, Donaldsons of Orkney is a quality butcher, supplying a variety of meat products since 1955. All the meat used in The Kirk Café is from Donaldsons. We use their delicious pork sausages in our sausage rolls and our Bere Benedict includes their award-winning hickory ham. Our popular Hasselback Breakfast is filled with Donaldon's bacon, sausage and black pudding, and is topped with a poached local Cotland Farm egg.
Grimbister Cheese is made from local milk at Grimbister Farm on the Orkney mainland and has a firm, soft, crumbly texture. Our Grimbister Quiche takes its name from this delicious farmhouse cheese and is combined with fennel and red onion, and then baked in a short beremeal pastry case..
Based in St Margaret’s Hope, Farewell Farms is the most northerly high-grade seed potato producer in the UK. Here at The Kirk Café, we use their potatoes in our popular Loaded Hasselback Tatties. The potatoes in this iconic dish—a firm customer favourite!—are cooked to perfection, gratinated with Orkney mature cheddar, and served with spring onions, sour cream and optional bacon.
Based in the coastal town of Stromness, Stockan’s Oatcakes is a fourth-generation family owned business. The company produces quality handmade oatcakes in a variety of forms using high fibre wholegrain oats and fresh Orkney water. At The Kirk Café, we use Stockan's Oatcakes in our delicious Orkney Platter and Orkney Cheese Plate.
Located in the area of Swannay, on the northwest tip of Orkney’s mainland, Swannay Brewery produces a variety of fantastic award-winning beers including Scapa Special, one of their most popular. Although we don't serve alcohol at the Kirk Café, we do use a number of their beers in our dishes, including Starboard Porter and Voe in some of our cakes, pies and stews.
Orkney Fishermen's Society
The seas around Orkney are regularly flushed by strong tides bringing ever-changing pristine nutrient-rich waters. Orkney Fisherman's Society harvest lobster, brown crab, and a variety of fish and seafood, many of which is abvailable from their Orkney Fish Shop in Stromness. At the Kirk Café, we use their crab meat in our Orkney Crab Roll and a variety of their seafood in our Orkney Platter.
Orkney Ice Cream is made by the Orkney Creamery at Crantit Dairy on the outskirts of Kirkwall. Available in 17 flavours, the not-so-secret ingredient of this artisan idessert is the fresh cream from the local cows. The Bichan family claim it's the cream that makes the difference, and who are we to argue! We have a variety of flavours available in The Kirk Café, all year round. An ideal way to finish off a meal!
Barony Mill is Orkney's only working water mill and has been the home of Orkney Beremeal since 1873. Beremeal is a unique flour made from bere, an ancient form of barley that is tolerant of Orkney's cool climate and relatively short growing season. At The Kirk Café we use this beremeal to bake our homemade bere bannocks, which form part of our tasty Bere Bennedict and Bere Royale dishes.
Burnside is a farmhouse-style cheese with a smooth, creamy character and firm texture. It can be enjoyed as a tasty fresh cheese and it's a versatile cooking ingredient—an Orkney alternative to halloumi or paneer. All Burnside Cheese is handmade in small batches using pasteurised milk from local cows. Here in The Kirk Café we use this tasty cheese in our Orkney Cheese Plate and Baked Burnside and Vine Tomato Bruschetta.
Humes is a small, family run business here in Orkney. Using quality ingredients they produce delicious smoked fish, cheese, scallops, mussels, olives and pâté. Their products can be bought from their website or from a variety of shops in Orkney. At The Kirk Café, we use Humes flavoursome cold-smoked salmon in our Bere Royale. We also use Humes products in our Orkney Platter and Breckon Fish Soup.
The Orkney Roastery
Euan and Sara at The Orkney Roastery offer exquisite coffee roasted in small batches with love and care, giving every bean its chance to shine. We're delighted to offer a delicious blend of Arabica coffee beans from South America, hand-roasted for a traditional espresso body and rich chocolate finish, specially for The Kirk Café.
The Orkney Dairy
The Orkney Dairy was launched in 2021, offering a variety of dairy produce including milk, flavoured yogurts, milkshakes, and even hot chocolate bombs! The business is based at Bain Farm in Sandwick, where the Hourie family are in their fourth generation of running the farm. At The Kirk Café, we serve our homemade Fruit and Nut Granola with some of The Orkney Dairy's delicious local yoghurt.
In Westray, one of Orkney's north isles, Wilsons of Westray produce a variety of fresh, creamy cheeses including Westray Wife, Noltland Castle and the Cannonball. The milk used in the Wilsons of Westray recipes is from the farm's small herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows. Our Orkney Cheese Plate features Westray Cheese, when in season, as does our Kirk Grilled Cheese sandwich.
And all the rest...
As well as all the fantastic producers mentioned above, we also use many other local ingredients in our dishes, some all year round, some seasonal. These include North Ronaldsay Lamb, Orkney Oysters, Orkney Trout, eggs from Cotland Farm, delicious Orkney Fudge, potatoes from WR Baillie & Co., and vegetables from Brian Scott's Tattie Shed, just along the road from The Kirk Café.