Christmas Meals at Overblikk, Orkney College

By Nick Morrison

The Overblikk Training restaurant at UHI Orkney College are now doing Christmas lunches.  The tables are beautifully and professionally set out.

There is a choice of  starters, mains and deserts.

To start with we had a trio of Venison ham, a crab doughnut , and Grimbister cheese fried in breadcrumbs.

The main was well cooked moist turkey,oatmeal  stuffing, sausage-meat and apricot stuffing, pigs in blankets, with a range of vegetables and sauces.

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Christmas pud desert came with a spiced orange creme anglaise sauce topped with a strawberry. The alternative was a trio of chocolate delice, pear cake and pineapple, coconut and rum ice cream.

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The kitchen staff paraded a flaming Christmas pud through the restaurant in similar fashion to “the piping in of the haggis” before serving the desert.

The whole meal was to a very high standard of cooking, presentation and service.

There are 3 different types of student in the kitchen now . This is the first year that Lifestyles (St Colms ) students are being trained in the kitchens. They are currently doing all the myriad of tasks that take place in a large kitchen short of actual cooking.

The students are  being trained to a very high standard. To assist that end  customers are asked to give feedback on a range of activities an a printed form supplied by the College on each table.

Overblikk Restaurant Facebook page


Christmas meals cost £19 per head

Times of Opening

Lunch Table Service 12:30pm – 1:00pm

High Tea Service 5.30pm or 6.00pm

As this is a Training Restaurant, we operate a “bookings only” system.

The restaurant no longer has a licence to sell alcohol however if you wish to bring your own wine we will be happy to serve it for you.

We reserve the right to cancel the restaurant if there is severe weather or student absence.

Please be aware there may be a charge if a table cancels or alters within 24 hours and we are unable to fill the space


We recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Lunch bookings can be taken at these times:

  • Monday  & Wednesday 8:30am – 9.00pm
  • Thursday – Friday 8:30am – 5.00pm

Telephone: 01856 569000


Please indicate clearly:

  • Date of booking.
  • Time of arrival.
  • 12:30pm or 12:45pm or 1pm.
  • High Teas – 5.30pm or 6.00pm
  • Number of places required.
  • Contact telephone number.




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