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National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Quiet place to sit. Lots of computers. Excellent home made soup and good coffee. Snacks.
The National Library is opposite Edinburgh's Central Lending Library.

Location

George IV Bridge
EH1 1EW Edinburgh
GB
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Old House at Home

Thatched pub, a little hard to find. Fuller's real ales and food. The 'restaurant' side is the quiet area.

Location

62 Love Lane
SO51 8DE Romsey , HAM
Hampshire GB
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Peter's Yard, Edinburgh

In the new development of Edinburgh's old Royal Infirmary.
Artisan bread and Swedish pastries, soup and snacks at lunchtime.
High quality and highly priced but a pleasant atmosphere.
Outside tables in most weathers.

Location

Middle Meadow Walk
EH3 9GG Edinburgh
GB
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Greyhound, Ipswich

Only the front bar (opening off the street) is music-free, and sometimes a little music can leak through from the other bar or the kitchen. Provides the rare facility hereabouts to quietly enjoy the legendary Adnams Tally-Ho around Christmas!

Location

9 Henley Road
IP1 3SE IPSWICH , SFK
Suffolk GB
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Central Bar

Wetherspoons pub with real ale, real cider and food. Latest check 1 December 2016.

Location

West 12 Shopping Centre
W12 8PH Shepherd's Bush
GB
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Pembury Tavern Hackney

This Victorian pub closed after a major fire in the late 1990s.  It re-opened after the millennium and has an exemplary choice of real ales, mainly from Milton, and ciders.  Interesting food. Latest check 5 December 2015.

Location

90 Amhurst Road
E8 1JH Hackney
GB
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White Swan

Wetherspoons pub with real ale, real cider and food. Latest check 20 December 2016.

Location

255 - 256 Upper Street
N1 1RY Islington
GB
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Ship Inn

Up-market but reasonably priced food. Pleasant situation.

Location

Church Lane
IP10 0LQ Ipswich , SFK
Suffolk GB
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Shakespeares Head

A Wetherspoons pub with real ale, real cider and food. Latest check 1 December 2016.

Location

64 - 68 Kingsway
WC2B 6AH Holborn
GB
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Cittie of Yorke High Holborn

A 15th Century pub with a major rebuild in the 20th Century.  In CAMRA's National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Importance. As you enter you pass the entrance to the front bar and the cellar bar until the main bar is reached in the 'Great Hall'. Here are screened booths and a feast of wood panelling and iron grillwork. See the huge vats above the very long bar.  Caution: closed Sundays.

Location

22 High Holborn
WC1V 6BS Holborn
GB
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