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Brocket Arms

We enjoyed a home cooked meal at this intimate country pub.
No music except occasional live music such as jazz.
Very friendly.
Historic ruined church to explore, just across the road.

Location

AL6 9BT Ayot St Lawerence nr Welwyn
UK
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Ciao Bella!

Ciao Bella is a typical cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant, focusing on pasta and pizza but with more substantial dishes for those who want them. It has been going for years and has friendly staff and loads of character. A white piano provides occasional but not too loud music. It is not of course quiet on a busy Saturday evening when it is packed, but there are a few tables outside and on other nights it is peaceful enough. Blown-up stills from films of the golden age of Italian cinema - especially from films by Fellini - cover the walls.

Location

86-90 Lamb's Conduit Street
WC1N 3LZ London
UK
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Finbarrs, Durham

A pleasant restaurant serving good and interesting food. Our evening meal chosen off the Table d'Hote menu with a bottle of wine came to £30/head.
The staff were all charming.
There was no piped music and we were able to talk and hear easily.
The restaurant is at the back of the Kingslodge hotel situated in a quiet backstreet of Durham away from the city centre. It's well worth the walk.

Location

Waddington Street, , Flass Vale
DH1 4BG Durham
GB
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La Poule au Pot - a venerable French Restaurant

One of London's most venerable restaurants, La Poule au Pot has hardly changed in 50 years. The atmosphere is still very Gallic - more so even than the cuisine - and very romantic. Minimalism has yet to manifest its bleak presence inside. Outside, Chelsea has seen the bohemians depart and the billionaires arrive, a depressing change reflected inevitably a bit in the prices. At lunch time, however, the fixed price menu is still good value. The pleasant house wine comes in huge unmarked bottles and the waiter makes a very rough guess as to how much you have drunk.

Location

231 Ebury Street
SW1W 8UT London
GB
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Swan Bar & Restaurant, The Globe Theatre, Bankside London

Part of the Globe Theatre complex. I have not actually eaten here but, walking inquisitively through it, I had the strong impression that it was muzac-free. Wonderful location, pricey menu.
http://www.swanlondon.co.uk/

Location

21 New Globe Walk Bankside
SE1 9DT London
GB
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Buck's Head

Very good service, pleasant atmosphere, food nothing special but a good overall experience. There were speakers mounted on the wall, but they were not being used and I complemented the staff on the peace and quiet.

Location

42 High Street
SY6 6 BX Church Stretton , SHR
Shropshire GB
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The Cook Book

This cafe is the place to head for when visiting St. Just in West Cornwall, in the Land's End Peninsula. It's clean, quiet, with friendly staff, and it has a good, substantial menu at attractive prices. Also a well presented second hand-bookstore. There is also a polite notice discouraging the use of mobile phones as well, so there is double the reason to go there.

Location

4 Cape Cornwall Street St Just
TR19 7JZ Penzance , CON
Cornwall GB
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Dev's Kerala Restauran

Simple and very cheap South Indian restaurant. Very popular with a good athmosphere. I have been three times so far and have only had the vegetarian options. While not as good as London's Drummond Street eateries and a bit less specialised; they advertise tandoori dishes as well as vegetarian ones, it is a very useful piped music-free oasis in a popular eating area of Bristol. It is also the cheapest way I have found to have an evening meal in Bristol.

Location

180 Goucester Road Bishpston
BS7 8NU Bristol
GB
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Bell

This is a quiet country pub, offering a good range of meals and beers. None of the ubiquitous speakers but occasional gentle soft tracks played behind the bar. We arrived in time to order their home-steamed steak and kidney pudding – rich and very filling, oozing with dark gravy, served with creamy mash, carrots and cauli’.
[Other facilities: Garden to rear, Ladies loo modernised and opened by the ‘Olympic Pilot’, selection of games, newspapers, paperbacks …]
Awarded “Community Pub of the Year 2012”

Location

The Green, Chearsley,
HP18 0DJ BKM
Buckinghamshire 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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