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The Compasses, Chicksgrove, Salisbury, a perfect pub

The Compasses at Lower Chicksgrove in south Wiltshire may be hard to find but it is well worth the effort for it is in many ways the perfect country pub. Set in idyllic countryside. it is medieval in origin. It retains many original features, including flagstone floor, open inglenook fireplace and wooden beams, while having fine food, a decent wine list and many good beers. The cooking has been improved recently by Ben, its new manager, who has promised never to have piped music or television. There are bedrooms upstairs and tables outside. Dogs and children welcome but do book.

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The Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove Tisbury
SP3 6NB Salisbury
UK
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The Victoria Pub, Beeston

The Victoria Pub, 85 Dovecote Lane, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1JG
I don't normally do pubs, for a great many sensory reasons, and a couple of moral ones, but this has been a regular haunt of my wife and me for many years. They do experiment with music, both piped and live, so you might want to ring before going, but it has been muzak free many more times than not.

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Dovecote Lane Beeston
NG9 1JG Nottingham
UK
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The Vintage / 1940's Tea Room, Nottingham

The Vintage Tea Room / The 1940's Tea Room, Wollaton Rd, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2NR

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Wollaton Road Beeston
NG9 2NR Nottingham
UK
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Odin's Table, Nottingham, Scandinavian !!

Odin's Table, 97b High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LH

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High Road Beeston
NG9 2LH Nottingham
UK
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Baxter's Visitors Centre, Fochabers Moray

I have called this a restaurant, although I guess it's probably better described as a canteen.

The restaurant is part of a series of shops at this place, selling a range of gifts, clothes and foodstuffs. Well worth a look, although it is only the restaurant that is music free (although I did get a bit of nuisance from the kitchen).

The restaurant serves a variety of hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks.

Note that the visitor centre is only open during the day.

Easy to find - you'll see the Baxters complex from the A96.

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IV32 7LD Focahabers, Moray
UK
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The Wolseley, Piccadilly, London - not just for celebs

A remarkably opulent-looking café-cum-brasserie, the Wolseley is open all day. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served with the same friendly efficiency by the staff. You can spend a fortune on food and drink here if you want, but you don't have to. A pot of excellent tea is only about £5 and with it you can sit and enjoy the gilded ambience for some time. This was the haunt of celebs until recently but they seem to have moved on, leaving the Wolseley free for mere mortals to refresh themselves. Best to book 020 7499 6996

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160 Piccadilly
W1J 9EB London
UK
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House of Bruar, Blair Atholl

A food and clothing retail complex just off the A9 at Blair Atholl, it is muzac-free throughout. The eating areas can be clattery if busy. You can have a pleasant walk up the burn to the Falls of Bruar just behind.
http://www.houseofbruar.com/

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by Blair Atholl, Blair Atholl,
PH18 5TW Perthshire
UK
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Ceilidh Place,Ullapool

If you're looking for somewhere quiet in Ullapool try the Ceilidh Place. They do have music playing in the cafe/restaurant but were happy to serve us our lunch in their peaceful front sitting room (when we asked nicely!)
Their bookshop is muzac-free.

www.theceilidhplace.com/

Location

12-14 W Argyle St, Ullapool
IV26 2TY
UK
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The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

This wonderful hotel had its beginnings as a 12th Century Abbot's Priory. Every area - lounge, bar, dining rooms - is muzac free, with the one exception of the large upstairs dining room. There's a beautiful garden to sit in and a kitchen garden producing vegetables for the original and appetizing menu. Surprisingly affordable food.

http://www.lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk/

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The Square Blanchland
DH8 9SP County Durham
UK
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Sheila's Kitchen

An ex-"Little Chef" café, now run by Sheila and team provides a peaceful place to break your journey. Home cooking, sofa area, 2nd hand books and friendly staff.

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Gate Service Area, A2 Trunk Road, Dunkirk
ME13 9LN Faversham, Kent
UK
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