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Villa Clementine: the best B&B in Sicily

The Villa Clementine may be hard to find - down many side streets on the edge of Piazza Armerina - but it is worth the effort for what must be the best B&B in Sicily. (If you get lost in the town, ring the Villa and they will send someone to guide you by car.) It is very conveniently sited, however, for visiting the famous Roman mosaics at the Villa Casale only 4km away.

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Via Nino Martoglio 25, 94015 Piazza Armerina, Italy
94015 Piazza Armerina, Italy
UK
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Hotel Villa Romeo, Catania, Sicily

The hotel was once a prince's palace and it still feels palatial, with a grand staircase, high ceilings, gilt mirrors etc. Prices, however, are surprisingly reasonable. Bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. Breakfast, which was fine by Italian standards, was in the remarkably quiet courtyard garden. The staff were especially friendly and helpful. Although we arrived very late (due to a delayed flight), they helped us find a parking space and a restaurant that was still open. Best of all, not a trace of piped music.

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Via Platamone 8, Italy
95131 Catania, Catania
UK
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Great Harry

Wetherspoon pub near Woolwich Arsenal station. Burnt out in the 2011 riots, re-opened in 2012.

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7–9 Wellington Street
SE18 6PQ Woolwich
UK
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Tap East

A brewpub on the edge of the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. Opposite Stratford International rail station and near Stratford International DLR station. There is no piped music in the daytime but noise pollution can flow in from the shopping centre.

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7 International Square Montfichet Road
E20 1EE Westfield Stratford City
UK
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J.J. Moon's

A Wetherspoon pub near Tooting Broadway station.

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56a High Street
SW17 0RN Tooting
UK
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Hamilton Hall

A Weatherspoon pub. Named after Lord Claud Hamilton, chairman of the Great Eastern Railway Company (1893–1923) which originally built Liverpool Street station. The pub is the former ballroom of the old Great Eastern Hotel.

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Street-level Concourse Liverpool Street Station
EC2M 7PY City of London
UK
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Richmal Crompton

A modern Wetherspoon across the road from Bromley South station.

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23 Westmoreland Place
BR1 1DS Bromley
UK
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Moon under Water

All the usual Wetherspoon stuff and close to Balham station.

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194 Balham High Road
SW12 9BP Balham
UK
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Crown, Willington, Beds - where staff listen to what customers want

Wonderful prompt, friendly service with friendly staff. Food and drink of excellent quality, and especially appreciated was the absence of piped music. The landlady has listened to her customers and taken notice when they said they didn't like it.

They have specific themed musical events and discos where people come because they have chosen listen to music, but it is not forced upon them at all times.

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17 Station Road
MK44 3QH Willington
UK
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Bright Star, Peter's Green - a lovely quiet village pub

We have known this pub for years, and it is now the best it has ever been. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere and always a warm welcome from Nick, Kate and the staff. Lovely surroundings and walks nearby. Good beer and excellent food.

Also appreciated is the lack of loud background music. Sometimes there is a very, very faint sound as if someone has a radio on in the kitchen, but it is so soft it does not impinge and most of the time we don't hear it at all.

You can actually relax and have a conversation - the atmosphere is always positive. We are regulars.

Location

Kimpton Road Peter's Green
LU2 9QP Nr Luton
UK
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