British Library

Off Euston Road, just a minute’s walk from St Pancras Station, has a restaurant and two cafes open to the public (the Library closes to the public early evening). Good place for a meeting as you can sit at the table for hours. Good range of soft drinks, tea, coffee and very tasty food, though the latter can be a little on the pricey side.

Euston Station

The eating hall just off the main concourse has got rid of its piped music (though the over-loud station announcement can at times be intrusive). The eating hall houses the usual range of fast-food outlets. You can simply sit there, though, while waiting for a train.

The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed restaurant gets almost all its produce from the farmers’ market around it. That means locally grown fruit and veg, locally reared meat and poultry and locally caught fish. Food ranges from a full English breakfast washed down by a mug of tea to serious gastronomy at lunch and dinner. Most of the wines have come a long way, but they are matched by ale and lager from local micro-breweries. Muzac would ruin the market atmosphere; now and again there is live music in the evening, when the market is closed.

Cafe and restaurant on raised gallery in former Canterbury and Whitstable Railway goods shed. One minute from Canterbury West station, one hour by High Speed train from London St Pancras.
Open 9 am, last orders 9.30 pm.

Stalybridge Station Buffet

This welcoming, privately run pub on Stalybridge Station has featured in the Good Beer Guide for many years. There are several rooms, each with its own character, including a recently-restored Victorian conservatory. Eight hand-pumps provide an ever-changing selection of draught beers. Snacks and light meals are available.

There is no piped music, but the place cannot be said to be noise-free, because the entrance to the pub is actually on the platform of Stalybridge station, which is on the main Manchester to Leeds railway line. There are frequent trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Liverpool, as well as Huddersfield, Leeds and even Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the opposite direction.

For those with an interest in railways and other aspects of industrial history there are plenty of memorabilia around the walls. The pub is a favourite meeting place for societies, including the Stalybridge Historical Society, CAMRA, Mensa and even the Sons of the Desert (the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society!)

A quiz (free entry) is held on most Monday evenings.


All Saints Centre, Westlegate, Norwich

Housed in a mediaeval church building in the Centre of Norwich (opposite John Lewis’ store), All Saints’ Centre offers something for everyone. Its facilities include a cafe serving home cooked lunches, coffees and snacks, somewhere to sit for as long as you wish, a charity stall, books and cards, a Christian Lending Library, Fairtrade goods and a friendly welcome. It invites you to “Come into a quiet place and rest awhile”
Wheelchair access.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 4.30. Visit our website for details:

Waterstones Bookshop, Princes St, Edinburgh

A rare quiet spot in the West End of Princes St to browse and have a coffee.
There is no music here any more, neither anywhere in the bookshop nor in the cafe on the second floor, due to the efforts of the Edinburgh Pipedown group.

This is the westerly of the two Waterstones in Princes St

Filmhouse Cafe/Bar, Edinburgh

A quiet relaxed place to be in the daytime, with very low levels of music playing and none atall if you’re lucky. Even lunchtimes have a quiet atmosphere even though the Fimhouse is only a couple of hundred yards from Edinburgh’s West End. In the evening it gets much busier and noisier with music turned up.

Main meals £5/£7 from 3pm to 5pm.

Hot and cold food available until 10pm every day. Friendly staff.
”Eleven draught beers, five real ales, twelve wines by the glass, loads of bottled beers and over thirty malt whiskies”
You can take drinks from the bar into screenings – ask the bar staff for a plastic glass.”

Open 10am to 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 12.30am Friday & Saturday. Open on New Year’s Day.

Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Food is served all day in the cafe downstairs.
Tables outside on nice days.
Lovely location above the Water of Leith, a 20 minute walk along the river into the West End of Edinburgh.
The cafe can be clattery at busy times.

Open daily 10am-5pm
Cafe open from 9am – access through rear of building until 10am.
Closed 25 and 26 December only. Open 1 January from 12 noon-5pm.
Admission is free. A charge may be made for special exhibitions.
Free bus from National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Quiet place to sit. Lots of computers. Excellent home made soup and good coffee. Snacks.
The National Library is opposite Edinburgh’s Central Lending Library.

Internet cafe in the Foyer of the National Library in the centre of Edinburgh.
Monday-Friday: 08.30-20:00
Saturday: 09.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00

Peter’s Yard, Edinburgh

In the new development of Edinburgh’s old Royal Infirmary.
Artisan bread and Swedish pastries, soup and snacks at lunchtime.
High quality and highly priced but a pleasant atmosphere.
Outside tables in most weathers.

Weekdays 7.00 am- 6.00 pm
Weekends 9.00am – 6.00pm

Central Edinburgh, peaceful location near the Meadows