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New Ground Café, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

This is a pleasant and some unusual café in Gardenstown.

It provides a range of snacks and hot drinks.

Please note that the opening times are a bit limited - I have been on a couple of weekend days, when it was not open until 12.

As the name implies, it also serves as an art gallery, and has some stuff to sell.

If you're in Gardenstown, I recommend a couple of short walks - one to Crovie, and the other one along the beach and then up the path to the remains of St John's church, from where the view is stunning.

Location

AB45 3YU Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire
UK
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Pottery Craft and Coffee Shop, Laggan

A welcome stop-off point in the Highland countryside on the road between Fort William and the A9. High end crafts and very good home baking. A lovely courtyard to sit in in good weather. There's also a bunkhouse but it's for groups or families only.

www.potterybunkhouse.co.uk/

Location

Caoldair Pottery, Laggan, Newtonmore,
PH20 1BT Inverness-Shire
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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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

Location

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

Location

27 Front St Brampton
CA8 1NG Cumbria
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

Location

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.

Location

11 Bank St
CA3 8HG Carlisle
UK
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Blueberry's Tea-shop, Alston, Cumbria

An unpretentious but comfortable cafe in the highest market town in England, Blueberry's is in one of the old buildings in the Market Square opposite the Market Cross. Pop in before or after your trip on the narrow- gauge railway.

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CA9 3QN Alston
UK
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Falko's Secret Garden Cafe, Cockenzie

This is the latest of Falko's cafes, soon to be a licenced restaurant. Delightfully arranged with great attention to detail and with a roof garden to sit out if you wish above a wildflower meadow. The same delicious coffee and pastries as the other Falkos and its own breakfast and lunch menu.

Cockenzie House is a 17th century mansion now used as an arts and community venue. Worth visiting even before Falko's was there.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays like the other Falko cafes.

Location

Secret Garden Café Cockenzie House & Gardens 22 Edinburgh Road East Lothian Cockenzie & Port Seton
EH32 0HY Cockenzie & Port Seton
UK
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Ramblers Cafe, Peebles

Situated at the back of the Cookshop kitchenware shop just after you cross the bridge into the Old Town this is a rare quiet cafe in Peebles. The owner was delighted to receive a blue card as it endorsed his decision not to have muzac playing.

http://www.bigreddirectory.com/ramblers-coffee-shop-peebles

Location

1-2 Old Town, Peebles
EH45 8JF
UK
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