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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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Delightful surprise in Salisbury

I was delighted yesterday to find the Giggling Squid, in Salisbury - which not only had a particularly delicious & varied tapas menu (yes - Thai tapas, a marvelous innovation) - but an equally delicious atmosphere of quiet & civility, though there may have been some occasional very low, soft music. Tapas sets of 4 dishes are £9.99, though we couldn't resist making our own selection, which was slightly more dear.

Location

32 Market Place
DSP1 1TL Salisbury
UK
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Falko's Gullane Kaffeehaus, East Lothian

Bakery and cafe; a great place for coffee or lunch, a sister cafe to Falko's in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Delicious breads, cakes and pastries.

N.B. CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.

See their website http://www.falko.co.uk

Location

1 Stanley Road
EH31 2AD Gullane, East Lothian
UK
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Falco Konditormeister, Brunstfield

Bakery and cafe; a great place for coffee or lunch with delicious breads, cakes and pastries. Falko has won awards in Germany for his products. See also Falko's in Gullane, East Lothian. They have a stall at the Farmers' Market in Castle Terrace in Edinburgh every Saturday too.

NB All Falko's cafes are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
See http://www.falko.co.uk

Location

185 Bruntsfield Pl,
EH10 4DG Edinburgh
UK
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Brocket Arms

We enjoyed a home cooked meal at this intimate country pub.
No music except occasional live music such as jazz.
Very friendly.
Historic ruined church to explore, just across the road.

Location

AL6 9BT Ayot St Lawerence nr Welwyn
UK
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Cafe Hafon, Tregaron

Lovely cafe attached to craft shop. Indoor and outdoor seating. Excellent cakes/scones/quiches/salads, etc. Good range of teas, coffees and soft drinks. Helpful and friendly staff. No music in craft shop or cafe

Location

Dewi Road
SY25 6RL Tregaron
UK
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La Barantine

Small French cafe; 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 which they have turned down for me on occasion.

Location

202 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4DG Edinburgh
UK
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Ciao Bella!

Ciao Bella is a typical cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant, focusing on pasta and pizza but with more substantial dishes for those who want them. It has been going for years and has friendly staff and loads of character. A white piano provides occasional but not too loud music. It is not of course quiet on a busy Saturday evening when it is packed, but there are a few tables outside and on other nights it is peaceful enough. Blown-up stills from films of the golden age of Italian cinema - especially from films by Fellini - cover the walls.

Location

86-90 Lamb's Conduit Street
WC1N 3LZ London
UK
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