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Angel Inn

The phrase cheap and cheerful must have been created to describe this great little cafe close to Angel Underground Station in London. I enjoyed great breakfast with friendly staff and no music, all for £4.85. Also does good-value lunches. Closes mid/late afternoon..

Location

420 St John St Angel Islington
EC1V 4NJ London
GB
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II Molino

Comfortable cafe with friendly staff and quality, reasonably priced food and drink. Ideal for a coffee and a cake.

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155 Lavender Hill Battersea
SW11 5QH London
GB
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Patisserie Valerie

It looks like it is a big chain, and I have only been once to the branch near Russell Square (http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/brunswick-centre.aspx).
My wife has been a big fan of this place for years, and I was suitably impressed. It specialises in cakes and ice creams, with generous portions and reasonable prices. It also does lunches and breakfasts.
There was no music when I visited, and the place is also on a plaza a fair distance from the nearest road.

Location

The Brunswick
WC1 1AF London
GB
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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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