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Tina's Tearoom at the station

A traditional Tearoom with homemade soup, home baking and a wide variety of filled rolls, sandwiches, baked potatoes and toasties. Food is all freshly prepared to order. Cards and crafts for sale. Model railway and some railway memorabilia.

Location

Station Square
IV15 9JD DINGWALL
GB
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Crown Berkhamsted

Unusually for Wetherspoon this was originally a coaching inn. Real Ale, Real Cider, and food all day. Latest check 17 September 2016.

Location

145 High Street
HP4 3HH Berkhamsted , HRT
Hertfordshire GB
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Swan Bar & Restaurant, The Globe Theatre, Bankside London

Part of the Globe Theatre complex. I have not actually eaten here but, walking inquisitively through it, I had the strong impression that it was muzac-free. Wonderful location, pricey menu.
http://www.swanlondon.co.uk/

Location

21 New Globe Walk Bankside
SE1 9DT London
GB
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The Café at Foyles

Foyles, Britain's 'biggest bookshop', remains marvellously free of piped music. The café on the top floor is not only free of piped music but, despite the industrial-looking decor (all exposed pipes, very Bauhaus), is generally quiet. Pleasant range of snacks, teas and coffee at reasonable prices, though not a place to linger.

Location

107 Charing Cross Road
WC2H 0DU London
GB
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New Ground Cafe, Gardenstown

This is a pleasant and some unusual café in Gardenstown.
It provides a range of snacks and hot drinks.
Please note that the opening times are a bit limited - I have been on a couple of weekend days, when it was not open until 12.
As the name implies, it also serves as an art gallery, and has some some stuff to sell.
If you're in Gardenstown, I recommend a couple of short walks - one to Crovie, and the other one along the beach and then up the path to the remains of St John's church, from where the view is stunning.

Location

New Ground
AB45 3YU Gardenstown , ABD
Aberdeenshire GB
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The Wallingford Bookshop 10c St Martin's Street, Wallingford Oxon. OX10 0AL

A lovely independent bookshop in a quiet little historic market town on the River Thames; the staff are friendly and cheerful, knowledgeable and able to obtain ordered books much faster than most large chains. Absolutely no piped music, although the staff confess to bursting into the odd refrain when feeling particularly happy.

Location

10c St. Martin's Street
OX10 0AL Wallingford , OXF
Oxfordshire GB
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Cobbs Tea Shop at Inverness Botanic Gardens

Cobbs's soups, scones and cakes are wonderful. Light lunches, children's lunch boxes and healthy options available. Cakes and traybakes all made locally at Cobbs Bakehouse near Loch Ness.

Location

Bught Lane
IV3 5SS INVERNESS
GB
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Six Bells

Refreshingly unpretentious. Unfortunately, your reviewer was unable to sample the food.

Location

11 Covent Garden
CB1 2HS Cambridge
GB
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The Vale Hotel and Restaurant, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire

My wife and I ate visited this restaurant with some friends three times, twice for meals and once just for coffee liqueurs. I also had two breakfasts.
The restaurant was music free for two nights. On the third night there was some loud music for a few minutes, but this was turned off (not at our request). There was no music at breakfast. There is a television in the bar, but this was not noticeable when I was there.
There is a good range of food.
Please note that the hotel is on the main road through the village, but also pretty close to the A947, so you can get some road noise.

Location

AB53 8JP Fyvie, Turiff , ABD
Aberdeenshire GB
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The Lock Team Room at Heybridge Basin

I can’t give much of a review of this place, as this is a second hand review – my wife was there and had a nice lunch with no music - http://trooms.com/goto.php?ref=y&sess=+A5E5146191D51+F18435A52+9+B581D10....
It looks like it has a waterfront view.
From their website, it looks like there are some other team rooms in the group in Essex.

Location

Basin Road
CM9 4RS Heybridge Basin , ESS
Essex GB
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