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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.

Location

Dovecote Lane Beeston
NG9 1JG Nottingham
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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Tontine Hotel, Peebles

An elegant Georgian hotel with comfortable lounge, bar and dining rooms. They have no music before 5pm and then quiet background music. Good and reasonably priced coffee elegantly served. www.tontinehotel.com

Location

High St,
EH45 8AJ Peebles
UK
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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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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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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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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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British Library

Location

96 Euston Road
NW1 2DB London
GB
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Euston Station

Location

Euston Road
NW1 2RT London
GB
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The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed restaurant gets almost all its produce from the farmers' market around it. That means locally grown fruit and veg, locally reared meat and poultry and locally caught fish. Food ranges from a full English breakfast washed down by a mug of tea to serious gastronomy at lunch and dinner. Most of the wines have come a long way, but they are matched by ale and lager from local micro-breweries. Muzac would ruin the market atmosphere; now and again there is live music in the evening, when the market is closed.

Location

The Goods Shed Station Road West
CT2 8AN Canterbury , KEN
Kent GB
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