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Fox Inn

Has won many CAMRA awards. Real ale and interesting food. How we think pubs were in 'the good old days'.

Location

Green Lane
W7 2PJ Hanwell
GB
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Lamb & Flag Covent Garden

A pub like they used to be, even though Fullers has bought it. Latest check 11 April 2017.

Location

33 Rose Street
WC2 9EB Covent Garden , LND
London GB
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Osteria la Candina, half-hidden gem in Ostuni, Puglia

Half-hidden in an alleybehind the Piazza della Indipendenza in the hill-town of Ostuni in Puglia, the Osteria La Candina claims to offer 'cucina tipica' (typical food). It is too modest. Its food is excellent though simple, like the somewhat subterranean restaurant itself. The staff are friendly and WILLING TO TURN OFF THE MUSIC WHEN ASKED – it's fairly soft anyway. (The magic phrase is 'può abbassare la musica, per favore?'). La Candina specialises in fish and seafood. Both are very good. So is the house wine.

Location

Via G. Galilei 5
72017 Ostuni Ostuni
GB
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Prince Albert

A 'proper' pub - no music, no gaming machines, no TVs but has good food, real ales and cider. It has a large garden.

Location

62 Silver Street
CB7 4JF Ely , CAM
Cambridgeshire GB
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The Five Bells

This is a most agreeable, relaxed, music-free, dog - friendly pub, with Bill and Joan offering a range of excellent beers and modestly - priced home cooked food. Accommodation is also available. Its very existence is proof that life in this frenetic century is still worth living.

Location

Smock Ally West chiltington
rh202qx Pulbrough , WSX
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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Edgecumbe Hotel

The only slight worry is the presence of a juke box. However, stated policy is never to have piped music.

Location

Bedford St, Bere Alston
PL20 7AA Plymouth , DEV
Devon GB
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Market Town Taverns

Robert Stevens recommends this chain of pubs which are 'spartan in their furnishing' with decent but limited range of food and 'excellent beer'. Typical is the Brigantes at 144 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
In their words, all are ‘un-themed but share several common features:-
A unique and welcoming ambience
A wide range of real ales from independent brewers
A fine selection of bottled & draught Continental beers
An extensive wine list
Good food prepared in-house
Daily and Sunday newspapers
Music-free bar areas in most taverns
Dogs are welcome

Location

114 Micklegate
YO1 6JX York
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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