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Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016 Announced

 

Best Restaurant Evening Meal
Foveran Restaurant

 

Best Hotel/Bar Evening Meal
Kirkwall Hotel

 

Best Lunch or High Tea
Willows Coffee Shop - Wellpark Garden Centre

 

Best Breakfast
Eastward Guest House

 

Best Local Food Retailer
The Brig Larder

 

Best Marketing Initiative
The Brig Larder

 

Best New Product
Island Smokery - Sweet Chilli Smoked Cheese

 

Best Meat-Based Supplier/Producer
Craigie Butchers

 

Best Fish-Based Supplier/Producer
Pierowall Fish Ltd

 

Best Dairy-Based Supplier/Producer
Orkney Creamery

 

Best Bakery-Based Supplier/Producer
Rendall's Bakery

 

Best Drink-Based Supplier/Producer
Swannay Brewery

 

Best use of OFD Products
Foveran Restaurant

 

Outstanding Customer Service
The Brig Larder

 

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Read All About it !

The London Evening Standard  July 13th 2012.

Banking the Bones

AN ALMOST intact human skull which may date back 5,000 years has been exhumed from a tomb in South Ronaldsay in Orkney.

The burial chamber containing a collection of bones was discovered by local skipper Hamish Mowatt, who caught a glimpse inside the tomb in September, when he was working the land at the Banks bistro owned by his fiancée, Carole Fletcher.

Archeologists believe the layout of the newly uncovered tomb may shed light on the rituals and beliefs of our neolithic ancestors. Dan Lee, project officer with the Orkney Research Centre for Archeology, said: "It's an important site because it gives us the chance to investigate a tomb using modern archaeological techniques.

"This site seems to have been excavated into a natural mound. They quarried out inside this natural mound, into the bedrock, and then constructed the tomb inside, laying capstones over five cells and an internal passageway.

"The doorways to the cells were sealed off with very clean clay, so, not only were they laying the tomb to rest, they were sealing it off quite carefully and deliberately. This shows the concern Orcadian neolithic society had for its ancestors."

The Future Perhaps

A device thought to be the largest tidal turbine of its type to be built in the world has arrived in Orkney for testing. Trials on the device will be run at a European Marine Energy Centre test site off Eday.

The device stands 22.5m (73ft) tall, weighs 1,300 tonnes and has two sets of blades on a single unit.

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