A Warm Welcome at The Smithy in Shapinsay
The Smithy cafe stands centerpiece on the shoreline of Balfour Village - just 25 minutes by ferry from Kirkwall.
At the cafe, we aim to provide traditional island fare in a comfortable setting, offering service daily throughout the summer to both visitors and islanders. We feature fresh local produce heavily in our menus, particularly with baking, eggs and vegetables.
“Simple cooking, sourced from local producers on the Island of Shapinsay, and Orkney favourites from the mainland”.
Enjoy luxurious homemade cakes and fresh coffee before heading upstairs to the Heritage Centre for a unique insight into the Island of Shapinsay.
Originally built in the 19th century, the 'Smithy' was home to the blacksmiths who serviced Balfour Castle and the surrounding estate. The building has been renovated, providing modern facilities, but retaining critical features of the old smithy, such as the blacksmith's forge which is a main feature of the cafe.
Whether you join us for lunch during an afternoon outing with your family to Shapinsay, or experience an evening journey by charter boat to the island for a special occasion - we are confident you will enjoy your time at The Smithy.
The Smithy is under the new management of islander Fiona Summerfield since May 2015.