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Waxham Great Barn

A nice range of lunches in a very pleasant setting

Location

Coast Road
NR12 OEE Waxham , NFK
Norfolk GB
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Old fashioned Viennese café

On the Ringstrasse in Vienna the Café Schwarzenberg has been serving coffee, cakes and elegant relaxation since 1861. It is the antithesis of the pressured fast-food and T-shirt atmosphere of the Starbucks or Pret A Manger chains. Here the waiters move regally through a world little changed for 100 years.

Location

Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Vienna, Austria
1010 1010 Vienna,
GB
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London Review Cake Shop

Accessed through the London Review Bookshop.

As well as excellent home-made cakes, quiches, sandwiches and very good coffee (from the Monmouth Coffee House), the cake shop serves a variety of teas. I had an lovely sweet Oolong, served in the correct way so that I could control the infusion process. Although I only sat and read for an hour, others had obviously settled down for longer. Some chatting and a great deal of reading make this a home-from-home.

Location

14 Bury Place
WC1A 2JL London
GB
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Woods Tea Rooms

Cafe, waitress service, wait to be seated, similar to Bettys renowned Tea Rooms of Harrogate, but on a smaller scale. Good snacks, light lunches and sandwiches etc. Cafetieres with choice of different fresh ground coffees to choose from. Different blends of teas also available. Relaxed atmosphere and newspapers to read.

Location

3a Wood Street
DN1 3LH Doncaster
GB
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The Munch House

A great little cafe, bang in the middle of Maidstone, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The staff are friendly and efficient, and the proprietor says he has no plans to install piped music because "the customers don't like it".

There is an excellent range of reasonably priced meals and snacks, and the establishment has been awarded the maximum 5 stars in the Scores on the Doors food hygiene scheme.

Location

34 King Street
ME14 1BS Maidstone, Kent
GB
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St Lawrence Cafe

Cheap & cheerful, pleasant atmosphere of deconsecrated church.

Location

Dial Lane
IP1 1DJ IPSWICH
GB
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery Cafe

Newly refurbished Portrait Gallery is a lovely building with wonderful exhibits. Before or after your visit to the galleries, a visit to the cafe is a must. It can be very busy at lunch times, and it's self service, so it's best to avoid the crowds. But the cafe itself is lovely and music-free.

Location

1 Queen Street
EH2 1JD Edinburgh
GB
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Loudons Cafe and Bakery

Based on, but not quite as good as, the epic Peter's Yard... nice cakes, coffees, light lunches etc. Not as crushed as P's Y, with plenty of room, free wifi, comfy couches, newspapers and best of all - no piped music!

Location

94b Fountainbridge
EH3 9QA Edinburgh
GB
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Edinburgh University Library Cafe

Next to the University Library on the south side of George Square, the cafe is sizeable and has comfortable chairs and sofas and quiet corners for conversations and for groups to socialise.

Open to the general public to just walk in, and generally blissfully quiet outside mealtimes.

The food is standard good cafeteria fare and the coffee is fine.

However do check the opening times on the website as they vary throughout the year.

Location

30 George Square Newington
EH8 9LJ Edinburgh
GB
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Scottish National Gallery - Garden Café

There are two cafés off the foyer of the National Gallery of Scotland. The larger of the two, the Scottish Café and Restaurant, does play piped music. However, there is a smaller one called the Garden Café (situated in the Gardens entrance) which is musac-free. The coffee is good and they have a variety of cakes and pastries. If you are lucky, you can get a table with a pleasant view of Princes Street Gardens

Location

The Mound
EH2 2EL Edinburgh
GB
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