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Harp Covent Garden

Very close to Covent Garden. The pub's emphasis is firmly on real ale, real cider and real conversation, with 10 hand pumps on the bar serving a great selection of beers. It's a place to meet friends and make friends. Latest check 8 September 2016.

Location

47 Chandos Place (William IV Street)
WC2N 4HS Covent Garden
GB
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The James Joyce/Italo Svevo Museum, Trieste, Italy

Trieste is a fine city of the Belle Epoque, looking better than ever after recent refurbishments. Unfortunately, it also appears to be filled with piped music, which infests every café, restaurant, bar and indeed street with hellish cacophony. This makes oases of calm even more welcome. Doubly welcome is one that commemorates two of its greatest residents.

Location

Via Madonna del Mare 13,
Trieste 34121 Trieste 34121
GB
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La Caleta Restaurant

A great FISH restaurant. Facing the sea at the Arenal beach, take the coastal road to the right not quite all the way to the end (Cala Blanca) - be sure to keep the sea on your left at all times - and you will find the restaurant on the left side, over a white wall and situate right on the rocks by the water. Does one need to say more of such a beautiful location ? Well ..... excellent fish - good service - not cheap BUT you must book (at weekend at least 24 hours in advance). Plenty of shade and NO PIPED MUSIC - just listen to the sea !!

Location

Avda. Ultramar 114
03730 JAVEA
GB
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Ristorante Ribot: a quiet and good restaurant in Venice:

Decent restaurants are notoriously hard to find in Venice; quiet restaurants are even rarer, as most places seem filled with piped music. This makes the Ristorante Ribot even more of a find for it is a seriously good restaurant - though it's not cheap, even by Venetian prices. Located in the Santa Croce district, on a quiet canal near the train and bus station, it has a pleasant courtyard garden. Here Italians come to eat proper Italian meals. Dishes such as 'sardines “in saor ” and creamed cod with polenta' or black hand-made tagliatelle with scampi and julienne of zucchini are typical.

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Fondamenta Minotto 160 Santa Croce
30135 Venice Venice
GB
GB
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North Star Delicatessen

Fabulous food, very healthy and interesting recipes. Wide variety of drinks including all sorts of lovely herbal teas. There is free wifi, they don't mind you sitting there for hours with just a drink, and you can work on computer hassle free. The service is excellent and there is a very friendly atmosphere. Definitely music free. It is very popular but they will always squeeze you in with an extra table.

Location

418 Wilbraham Rd Chorlton
M21 0SD Manchester
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 Defford Arms

Location

Upton Road Defford Village
WR8 9BD Nr Pershore , WOR
Worcestershire 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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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.

Location

155 Lavender Hill Battersea
SW11 5QH London
GB
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