Ceilidh Place,Ullapool

If you’re looking for somewhere quiet in Ullapool try the Ceilidh Place. They do have music playing in the cafe/restaurant but were happy to serve us our lunch in their peaceful front sitting room (when we asked nicely!)
Their bookshop is muzac-free.


The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

This wonderful hotel had its beginnings as a 12th Century Abbot’s Priory. Every area – lounge, bar, dining rooms – is muzac free, with the one exception of the large upstairs dining room. There’s a beautiful garden to sit in and a kitchen garden producing vegetables for the original and appetizing menu. Surprisingly affordable food.


Wetherspoons – Cross Keys Hotel, Peebles

Seventeenth century coaching inn now run by Wetherspoons. Fitted out to standard Wetherspoons design and with their standard menus and coffee.

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).


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

Prince Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UQ

Our room was very quiet, overlooking the churchyard, and we thoroughly enjoyed our cooked breakfast (overlooked by two suits of armour). The staff at breakfast were delightful. My husband has various food allergies. We had alerted the hotel in advance and they catered for his needs as if it were no problem at all..
One evening we had drinks in the Bar which were very reasonable. Apart from breakfast, we didn’t eat at the hotel so I can’t comment on the restaurants.
I would certainly recommend the Prince Rupert Hotel. What made the hotel really special for my husband and me was the fact that there was no irritating piped music. None in Reception, none in the Breakfast Room, none in the Bar. Bliss!

The Prince Rupert Hotel
Butcher Row
Telephone: 01743 499955
E-mail: reservations@prince-rupert-hotel.co.uk

Greywalls, Muirfield, East Lothian

Not cheap (3 course set lunch is £29.50 and doesn’t include wine or coffee) but a wonderful venue for a special occasion. Have your aperitifs and amuses bouche in the Library of this beautiful Lutyens country house, followed by an excellent lunch in the dining room. The service is wonderful. You are even presented with a tray of orange slices, lime slices and lemon slices and asked which, if any, you would like added to your tap water… Lunch can be followed by coffee and petits fours. Either in the Library again or there are various other sitting areas you can choose. Before you leave go for a walk in the delightful gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Apparently there is piano music at weekends but otherwise it is muzac-free.

Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant, Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2EG
Tel: 01620 842144
Fax: 01620 842241
Email: enquiries@greywalls.co.uk

Nags Head

Chiltern hotel with a good choice of local cask ales in the bar.

Reviewed 14 March 2015.

Dog Inn

Good food, excellent wine list, open fires, and no piped music. Highly recommended: I’ve eaten there three times in the last 6 months, and enjoyed every visit.