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'Delicious' Habitat Cafe, Aberfeldy

Cafe and food shop selling local, ethical and organic produce. No muzac by design and very good food. The apple strudel we bought for our supper was amazing.

http://www.habitatcafe.co.uk

Location

1&2 The Square, Aberfeldy
PH15 2DD
UK
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The Royal Hotel, Comrie

An eighteenth century hotel in the middle of the small town of Comrie. Delightfully furnished with quiet lounge bar, dining room, library/sitting room. No muzac by design though they do have it in the public bar at the back. (No spillage though).

www.royalhotel.co.uk

Location

Melville Square Comrie
PH6 2DN Perthshire
UK
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Waterstones Bookshop, George St, Edinburgh

No music here any more thanks to Pipedown Edinburgh's efforts, neither in the bookshop itself nor in the Costa cafe at the back.

Location

83 George Street
EH2 3ES Edinburgh
UK
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General Register House, Edinburgh

The beautiful Register House at the east end of Princes St is worth visiting as it's one of the most gorgeous buildings Robert Adams designed and it's open, free, to the public. You can go and have a look whether or not you're researching your ancestors and you can have a cup of tea in the basic, but musac-free, cafe in the back.

Approach the cafe through the grand front entrance or nip down the lane to the left hand side to get in the back. (Not recommended unless you've worked out the route.)

Location

2 Princes Street
EH1 3YY Edinburgh
UK
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Dawyck Botanic Gardens

A lovely arboretum set on a hillside in the Borders. You have to pay to get into the gardens but not into the cafe and garden shop. Coffee and snacks and soup at lunchtime. See their website http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/dawyck

Location

Stobo Near Peebles
EH45 9JU Scottish Borders
UK
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Vane Farm Nature Centre

An RSPB reserve with several hides along the shore of Loch Leven and woodland walks on the hill above the centre.

There's a shop downstairs and a quiet cafe above with telescopes by the windows to look at the wildlife on the shore and the Loch. Good coffee and unusually good cafe food. The chef has removed speakers and has resisted attempts to introduce background music.

A good place to stop off for rest and refreshment on the drive north to Perth and the Highlands.

Location

Vane Farm Nature Centre By Loch Leven
KY13 9LX Near Kinross, Perth & Kinross
UK
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The Secret Herb Garden

A lovely place to visit just south of Edinburgh. Have coffee and cake in a large greenhouse full of growing things, or in various other corners. It's a nursery garden for herbs, full of interesting nooks and crannies. They also host weddings and other occasions. See their website secretherbgarden.co.uk

Location

32A Old Pentland Rd Lothianburn
EH10 7EA Edinburgh
UK
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Tontine Hotel, Peebles

An elegant Georgian hotel with comfortable lounge, bar and dining rooms. They have no music before 5pm and then quiet background music. Good and reasonably priced coffee elegantly served. www.tontinehotel.com

Location

High St,
EH45 8AJ Peebles
UK
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Muddy Boots Farm, Shop, Cafe and Kids Adventure Play

Extensive cafe and farm shop with attractive inside and outside seating areas. Good food and coffee with friendly and helpful staff. A real find in the countryside near Falkland. They have a no-musac policy in both shop and cafe. See their website www.muddybootsfife.com.

Location

Balmalcolm Cupar
KY15 7TJ
UK
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La Barantine Victoria

Small French cafe, sister to the one in Bruntsfield. Very good coffee. Croissants, pastries, cakes to eat there or to buy to take away. Pleasant and attentive staff.
Although musac-free they do have radio spillage from the open kitchen door here too, which they have turned down for me on occasion.

Location

89 West Bow
EH1 2JP Edinburgh
UK
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