The Smithy Shapinsay Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

We are located in Balfour village within a minutes walking distance of the ferry terminal. We can sit around 28-30 people in the cafe and during the Summer there is a marquee and picnic benches in the garden so people and their dogs can enjoy the stunning views over the sea with our delicious food and drinks.

The Smithy Café, Restaurant & Bar was bought by the Shapinsay Development Trust in 2022 with funding from the Scottish Land Fund and a discount from the Orkney Islands Council. In 2023 it was renovated to a high standard with funding from The North Isles Landscape Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, OIC CDF and CARES. We opened on the 12th of July 2023 with what we thought was going to be a “Soft start” but we were in fact, very busy for the whole Summer! Now that the busy summer is over, we have been able to start takeaways and from the 4th of November we are introducing bar meals and some winter warmers! We are also now taking bookings for Christmas meals! If you would like to hold private functions or book a table, please get in touch. or call 01856711243.

We are community run enterprise, run by volunteers, employing 20+ employees, many under 18s, working to give them skills and confidence to tackle the world of work as adults and provide employment for islanders and upskilling where we can. We appreciate the patience everyone has shown over the summer while everyone learned the ropes and continue to learn as we move through winter.

If you would like to make a booking please telephone 01856 711243 or email

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