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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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The Waterhouse

This Wetherspoons Pub in the heart of Manchester is divided into a number of cosy rooms, some with armchairs, it is like entertaining friends in your own home! A truly relaxing experience.

Location

67-71 Princess Street
M2 4EG Manchester
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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Dog Inn, Well Bank Lane, Lower Peover, Cheshire, WA16 8UP.

Good food, excellent wine list, open fires, and no piped music. Highly recommended: I've eaten there three times in the last 6 months, and enjoyed every visit.

Location

Well Bank Lane Lolwser Peover
WA16 8UP Knutsford , CHS
Cheshire GB
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Bedford Arms

Reviewed 31 March 2014. A pub and restaurant with bedrooms. Large garden and car-park.

Location

Chenies village
WD3 6EQ Rickmansworth , HRT
Hertfordshire GB
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Orange Tree

Traditional pub near the Cricket Ground, serving eight cask beers and good pub food at reasonable prices. No music except for the occasional party. Televised sport is limited to major events (rarely football); otherwise, the only accompaniment to your visit is the hubbub of conversation.

Location

Lower Anchor Street
CM2 0AS Chelmsford
GB
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Cricketers Arms, Tangley, Hampshire

Wonderful ancient inn, well worth making the short detour from the A303.

We loved the The Cricketers Arms:
Unspoiled atmospheric inn.
Superb real ale served straight from the barrel.
Excellent and varied menu, all freshly cooked to order.
Inviting inglenook fireplace.
Welcoming proper landlord.

No music, no gambling machines.

We spent the night in the toasty log cabins behind the pub - comfortable, quiet, and clean. A generous full English breakfast rounded off our visit nicely.

Highly recommended.

Location

SR11 0SH near Andover
GB
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Zedel's Brasserie

Buried deep under Piccadilly Circus, this was once the Atlantic Bar (among other incarnations). Now it is a remarkably successful attempt to recreate a French brasserie with a resplendent 1920s decor - huge gilded marbles pillars, mirrors and other aspects of elegant splendour.
The food is unapologetically French and there are good value fixed price menus. The wine list is interestingly French too and the service friendly and efficient.

Location

WIF 7ED
GB
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