Reviews of restaurants, pubs, hotels, and places to relax, shop, and meet away from the menace of piped music. The reviews are contributed by members of Pipedown: the campaign for freedom from piped music. Quiet corners was launched in June 2009. If you would like to contribute reviews, join Pipedown and help the fightback against Muzak.

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Wagamama

No longer free of piped music in all branches at all times, very hard surfaces make this a noisy chain. Only for the quickest of meals, therefore.

Location

30 Kensington Street
BN1 4AJ Brighton
GB
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Fox & Hounds

Street corner pub with real ale and bar snacks. More information from Nigel Rodgers, " ...this is a truly local local still – a rarity these days – with a splendid atmosphere and the sort of simple food that you often want but cannot get in a pub. The only disadvantage is that it can become very crowded. (Not a place for those strongly opposed to fox-hunting, perhaps, as many of the prints on the wall refer to that sport.)" Latest check 12 October 2017.

Location

Passmore Street
SW1W 8HR London
GB
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Daunt Books

While Daunt's originally concentrated on travel books, its branches now stock books on a huge range of subjects and their staff are most unusually helpful and informative. The atmosphere in all shops is almost dangerously agreeable – dangerous to the pocket, that is. The original branch in Marylebone High Street is 'the most beautiful bookshop in London', according to The Daily Telegraph.

Locations

51 South End Road
NW3 2QB London
GB
193 Haverstock Hill
NW3 4QL London
GB
83 Marylebone High Street,
W1U 4QW London
GB
158-164 Fulham Road
SW10 9PR London
GB
112-114 Holland Park Avenue
W11 4UA London
GB
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The Bricklayers Arms

One of the Samuel Smith's chain of Muzac-free pubs in a backstreet off Oxford Street.

Location

51 Gresse Street Fitzrovia
W1T 1QS London
GB
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The Robert Browning

One of the Samuel Smiths chain of Muzac-free pubs.

Location

15 Clifton Road Maida Vale
W9 1SY London
GB
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Samuel Smith's

Owned by the same family of excellent brewers since its inception, this chain has 32 generally very traditional pubs (in London and Edinburgh as well as its native Yorkshire). It made history in 2004 by banning all piped music, partly because of the costs of paying licence fees to the Performing Rights Society. (All public places - shops, hotels, restaurants etc - should pay these fees, though some do not.) Samuel Smiths has just won a CAMRA award for refurbishing the Princess Louise in High Holborn, London, while keeping intact the maze of Victorian snug bars.

Location

The Angel, Angel Inn Yard
LS1 6LN Leeds
GB
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Booth's Supermarkets

Founded in 1847 and still run by the same family, Booths has 26 branches in Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Cumbria. It prides itself on selling as much locally grown food as it can (80% of its fresh meat is locally produced). It frequently wins awards, including several from CAMRA, the International Wine Challenge Award and the Food and Farming Industry.

All staff share in the company's profits and are free of the menace of stress-inducing piped music. This helps to make the stores agreeable places in which to shop or to work.

Location

Booths Central Office, Longridge Road
PR2 5BX Ribbleton Preston
GB
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Mitre Inn

Traditional country/village pub under longstanding friendly management. Flagstone floors and woodburning stove. Good home-cooked food. Garden.

Location

Sandford Orcas
DT9 4RU Sherborne , DOR
Dorset GB
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Rose and Crown

Excellent food and good service. Choice of rustic bar or large conservatory. Garden. Booking advisable.

Location

Trent
DT9 4SL Sherborne , DOR
Dorset GB
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Queens Arms

Excellent food. Well-trained and friendly staff. Bar and separate dining room. Garden. Large collection of single malt whiskies. Good B & B.

Location

Corton Denham
DT9 4LR Nr. Sherborne , DOR
Dorset GB
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