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A wonderful Victorian pub - with no noise-reflecting surfaces

The Princess Louise, part of the always muzac-free Sam Smiths group, is one of the finest Victorian pubs in London. Its restoration a few years ago to its 19th-century splendour won awards – deservedly, for downstairs the several small bars all retain their original panelling, tiles and mirrors. If you want to eat you must go upstairs where the restaurant now has a new chef and markedly better food. Prices are still reasonable, however.

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208 High Holborn
WC1V 7EP London
UK
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Lloyds Pharmacy chain

Lloyds Pharmacy is the second biggest chain of chemists/pharmacies in Britain after Boots. Unlike Boots, whose branches are often now filled with piped music – a policy supported by their head office – Lloyds branches have gone muzac-free. The staff seem friendlier there than in Boots too.
Lloyds branches are scattered across the country. I have given the address of that in Salisbury. Their website offers a store locator. www.lloydspharmacy.com/

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47 Market Place
SP1 1DA Salisbury
UK
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Hayloft Tearoom, Falkland

Charming tearoom in a narrow wynd opposite 15th century Falkland Palace. Home made cakes, scones, soups and light lunches. Friendly staff.

NB You might like to know that downstairs is a small but appealing holiday flat with a pleasant courtyard, also called The Hayloft.

http://www.thehaylofttearoom.com/

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Back Wynd Falkland
KY15 7BX Fife
UK
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Brandy Cask Pub & Brewery

Real Ale, Real Cider and traditional food. A fair walk from Pershore station

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Bridge Street
WR10 1AJ Pershore
UK
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Bristol Cathedral

This amazing cathedral, founded in 1140, has an astonishingly beautiful east end and is packed with history. It has a quiet unpretentious cafe and if the weather's right you can take your coffee out to the lovely cathedral courtyard and garden.

Also try the Bristol Central Library next door; see separate entry.

http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/visit-us/coffee-shop/

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College Green
BS1 5TJ Bristol
UK
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Bristol Central Library

A beautiful and spacious library in an historic building, it has the added benefit of a comfortable muzac-free cafe in the middle of it. Family run with fairtrade coffee and good homemade food, locally sourced, it's a peaceful spot to relax in a busy city.

However, the cafe is located next to the children's library, so if it's too noisy go next door to Bristol Cathedral which has a quiet cafe; see separate entry.

www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/central-library

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College Green
BS1 5TL Bristol
UK
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Capon Tree Cafe, Brampton

Appealing traditional cafe with home baking - excellent buttered tea cakes - quite small with another little room upstairs.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capon-Tree-Cafe/187780287915681

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27 Front St Brampton
CA8 1NG Cumbria
UK
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Cross Keys Inn, Thropton

Traditional village pub with several rooms downstairs and a lovely garden rising in terraces behind, the garden marred unfortunately by a noisy air conditioning unit. We found a spot where the noise was muffled by trees. I wished it had been a mealtime when I went through as the board said 'rabbit casserole'. No muzac throughout, by design.

http://www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/view/Cross-Keys-NE65-7HX

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Thropton Morpeth
NE65 7HX Northumberland
UK
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Tullie House Garden Restaurant, Carlisle

A spacious cafeteria-style restaurant in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery. Attractive and relaxing decor and wooden tables outside.

http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/your-visit/garden-restaurant

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Castle St
CA3 8TP Carlisle
UK
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John Watt Victorian Coffee Shop, Carlisle

An old-fashioned and welcoming coffee shop with splendid coffee and good cafe food. Get your supplies of freshly roasted coffee here and go downstairs to the loos to see the veritable museum of coffee machinery.

http://www.johnwatt-online.co.uk/

Also try Tullie House, 5 mins walk away; see separate entry.

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11 Bank St
CA3 8HG Carlisle
UK
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