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Barrier View Café

Barrier View Cafe


If you’re looking for a welcoming café in Holm, with stunning sea views and freshly-made meals and home-made sweet treats, Barrier View Café is the place to visit.

You’ll find us in The Commodore, overlooking breath-taking local landmarks, including No. 1 Churchill Barrier and Lambs Holm, as well as the magnificent Scapa Flow.

Our current opening hours:

Monday 10 am–5 pm

Tuesday 10 am–5 pm

Wednesday 10 am–5 pm

Thursday 10 am–5 pm

Friday 10 am–5 pm

Saturday 10 am–5 pm

Sunday 11 am–4 pm

We pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, as well as the fact our customers visit us time-and-again to enjoy our delicious selection of food and drink, which is available to eat in or take away.

Inside the barrier view cafe


Our food menu

Download our standard menu

Snacks, sandwiches and everything in between

Everything is freshly-prepared and made here on-site. If you have any food allergies, just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to adapt your order.

We’re constantly reviewing and refining our menu.

This means we’re serving up meals between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sundays, that are exactly what our customers fancy, including:

Sandwiches – choose between one, two or three fillings. All of our sandwiches are served with coleslaw and salad. Gluten-free options are available too
Toasties – filled with one, two or three fillings. Also served with coleslaw and salad. Gluten-free options also available
Paninis – choose between one, two or three fillings. Also served with coleslaw and salad. Gluten-free options also available
House special paninis – brimming with delicious fillings, including brie bacon & cranberry. Served with coleslaw and salad. Gluten-free options also available
Baked potatoes – loaded with the best tattie toppings, including cheese, coronation chicken and spicy beans and bacon & cheese
Hot filled rolls – including bacon and sausage rolls. We even serve black pudding rolls and fried egg rolls, and you can order extra fillings too
Big breakfast roll – bite into all the breakfast staples (bacon, sausage, black pudding and egg) in a locally-baked mega-size roll


Lighter bites for the little ones

We also cater for smaller appetites and have a separate kids’ menu for younger visitors. Dishes include:

A kids’ meal – a sandwich with crisps, yoghurt, fruit and a choice of apple or orange juice
Soup of the day – made from in-season, locally-sourced ingredients and served with a slice of locally-baked bread
Beans on toast – a perfectly-sized children’s portion of this staple bite to eat
Kids’ toastie – fillings include cheese, ham, tuna mayo and jam

Something for your sweet tooth

Our bakes and sweet treats put us firmly on the Orkney café map!

Every day, you’ll find a fresh selection of irresistible cakes and biscuits on our counter that are too good to simply look at!

They include: millionaires shortbread, strawberry swiss roll, pavlova, plain or cheese scones, lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake and so many more delicious delights.

Red Velvet Cakes

Our drinks menu

Plenty of options to sip away on

Whether you just fancy a drink on the go or want to pull up a seat and relax and unwind while looking out to sea, you’ll find the perfect beverage on our drinks menu. Choose between all of this:

Coffee – espresso, latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha, flat white, spiced chai latte
Tea – regular, decaf, lemon & ginger, green tea, peppermint, Earl Grey
Syrups – cinnamon, caramel, hazelnut, vanilla
Hot chocolate – topped with whipped cream, marshmallows
Decaf coffee – espresso, latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha, flat white
Soft drinks – includes Irn-Bru, Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, apple or orange juice and still or sparkling water
Milkshakes – chocolate or strawberry, finished off with a layer of whipped cream


We've been spoilt with the views looking out to the Italian Chapel and the Barrier. We've even had some amazing visitors:



A little extra something…

We’re more than just an Orkney café. Aside from our amazing home-made meals and freshly-baked sweet treats, we have an extra special something up our sleeve.

Barrier View Café features stunning solid silver jewellery incorporating semi-precious gemstones, all hand-crafted by Orkney jeweller, Celina Rupp.

Each and every one of Celina’s creations are unique in their own right and inspired by the beautiful coasts, landscapes, history and heritage of Orkney.

We also have collections from many other local artisans on display too, which are ideal for gifts or treating yourself. Pop in and take a peek…


We are at:

The Commodore, 



KW17 2RU

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