New Orkney Brewery beer celebrates island life

The Orkney Brewery is set to add a new permanent addition to its award-winning range of cask beers this month with the launch of Island Life, a 3.7% golden session IPA. Described by the brewery team as a “pale golden…

Gold for Orkney Distilling’s Arkh-Angell Storm Strength gin

Orkney Distilling’sArkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious UK Gold Medal at this year’s World Gin Awards, held in London. The 57-per-cent spirit took home the prize in the Navy Gin category of the event, judged by a panel of leading…

2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards winners announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Kirkwall last night (Saturday, 13 October). Thirty-one local businesses were shortlisted for 12 different accolades in the 2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards, covering everything…

Silver lining for Orkney Distilling’s Arkh-Angell Storm Strength gin

Orkney Distilling’s Arkh-Angell ‘Storm Strength’ gin has won a prestigious Silver Medal at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards in Glasgow. The 57-per-cent gin took home the prize in the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category of the top industry…

Orkney food and drink firms fly flag for islands at Royal Highland Show

Nine Orkney food and drink businesses will be flying the flag for the islands at this week’s Royal Highland Show, which celebrates the best of Scottish farming, food and rural life. The local firms will exhibit their produce on special…

Orkney Brewery wins double gold at national beer awards

The Orkney Brewery has done the double at a major national beer competition, becoming the only Scottish brewer to take top honours in two different event categories. The brewery’s speciality Dark Island Reserve and its Dragonhead stout both won gold…

Island Smokery’s Orkney Butter reaches new heights in Dubai

Butter from Orkney has reached dizzying new heights, being served up in the world’s tallest restaurant, within the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The hand-wrapped artisanal butter, produced by The Island Smokery, was chosen by top chef Christopher Graham for use…

Storm strength Arkh-Angell gin hits Orkney

A new ‘storm strength’ version of Orkney Distilling’s Kirkjuvagr Gin is being launched in Kirkwall this weekend. The 57-per-cent gin has been named Arkh-Angell, after the fishing boat belonging to the late father of Aly Kemp – one half of…

New Orkney business serves up freshly roasted speciality coffee

A new Orkney based business is sourcing and roasting high quality coffee beans from around the world, in the first commercial venture of its kind in the islands. The Orkney Roastery - set up by Sara Tait and Euan Smith…

Orkney Brewery’s popular puffin gets bottled

The popularity of Orkney Brewery’s cask Puffin Ale has prompted the firm to launch a bottled version of the 4.5 per cent brew. Officially released this week, the new 500ml bottles of Puffin Ale are expected to fly off the…

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Stromness last night (Saturday, 15 October). Thirty-six local food and drink business were shortlisted for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfasts, lunches…

Island Smokery secures major US order ahead of expansion

Orkney based speciality cheese producer, The Island Smokery, has just secured its first ever order for the United States. The Stromness firm, which is set to move into bigger premises in the town later this year, is supplying 600kg of…

Shortlist for 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, following a public vote that attracted 4,000 nominations. Thirty-six local food and drink business are in the running for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best…

Plans for new Orkney craft distillery revealed

Plans for an Orkney craft distillery – the first in the islands – have been revealed by the local couple behind the project. Stephen and Aly Kemp from Kirkwall - trading under the name of Orkney Distilling Limited - are…

Voting underway in 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards

If you’ve enjoyed a great meal in Orkney, experienced outstanding service at a local hotel or restaurant, or been impressed by the marketing efforts of an islands producer, then the organisers of the 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards want…

Orkney showcased at Glasgow food and trade fair event

Fourteen Orkney businesses are set to showcase their products at a major food and trade fair event, which gets underway in Glasgow this weekend. Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2016 brings together 130 exhibitors offering the very best of fine food…

Kerry crowned Orkney Amateur MasterChef 2015

Kerry Leask from Kirkwall has been crowned Orkney Amateur MasterChef 2015. She won the title after a competition staged in a packed Orkney Theatre last night (30 September), going head to head with fellow amateur cooks, Erica Clarkson, Caroline Critchlow and…

Entrants sought for Orkney MasterChef competition

Orkney’s best amateur cooks are being urged to dust off their recipe books and aprons and enter this year’s local MasterChef competition. Four people will be selected by organisers Orkney Food and Drink to pit their culinary skills against one…

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logs on

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logged on for business this week, overseeing several key islands websites in a bid to boost the county’s online profile. Former BBC journalist Andrew Learmonth will act as webmaster for the recently revamped Orkney.com portal,…

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Kirkwall tonight (Saturday, 4 October). Twenty-eight local food and drink firms were shortlisted for 12 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfast, lunch and…

Shortlist for Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, with the winners set to be announced at a gala event in Kirkwall next month. Twenty-eight local food and drink business are in the running for 12…