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The Barrel Inn - Bretton, near Eyam, Derbyshire

The Barrel Inn located in the hamlet of Bretton (near Eyam in the Hope Valley, S32 5QD) is an historic Derbyshire pub and hostelry dating back to 1597. The pub itself is piped music-free, and serves locally-sourced, freshly cooked food, and local ale. Among local specialities served is the Derbyshire Oatcake - which is a whole meal. There is a real log fire in the fireplace. The pub is dog friendly. Located near the village of Eyam (the 'plague village') and high above the village of Foolow, the views from the front of the inn are spectacular and panoramic.

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S32 5QD Bretton (near Eyam in the Hope Valley)
UK
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The Sportsman Pub, 569 Redmires Road, Sheffield S10 4LJ

The Sportsman Pub, 569 Redmires Road, Sheffield S10 4LJ (0114 230-1935) is a wonderful, old-style pub run by the same family for two generations. Located on the fringe of the Peak District on the way to the Redmires Reservoir, the pub has spectacular views over the hilly landscape surrounding Sheffield. One of its attractions for readers of Pipedown is that it is a piped-music free pub, the only noise being the chatter of people in the pub. The food is excellent; eveything is made by the staff, and I believe mostly locally sourced. Locally produced ales are available.

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569 Redmires Road
S10 4LJ Sheffield
UK
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Edward Rayne

A typical Wetherspoon house. Interesting because it was a no-smoking venue befor the law changed.

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8–12 Coombe Lane Raynes Park
SW20 8ND London
UK
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Uxbridge Arms

Old fashioned pub for talking and drinking - no food.

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13 Uxbridge Street
W8 7TQ London W8
UK
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Crown Inn

A true village local with real ales and cider, lunches (not Sunday) and B&B rooms. It has a large rear patio and garden and is popular all-year with walker in the Chilterns. Get there before HS2 does.

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Little Missenden
HP7 0RD Amersham
UK
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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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JJ Moon's

A Wetherspoon pub near Tooting Broadway station.

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56a High Street
SW17 0RN Tooting
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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