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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.

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Butcher Row
SY1 1UQ Shrewsbury
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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.

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EH31 2EG Gullane, East Lothian
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Greyhound

Popular for food and Real Ale. Also has B&B rooms.

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Chesham Road
HP23 6EH Wigginton , HRT
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Finbarrs, Durham

A pleasant restaurant serving good and interesting food. Our evening meal chosen off the Table d'Hote menu with a bottle of wine came to £30/head.
The staff were all charming.
There was no piped music and we were able to talk and hear easily.
The restaurant is at the back of the Kingslodge hotel situated in a quiet backstreet of Durham away from the city centre. It's well worth the walk.

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Waddington Street, , Flass Vale
DH1 4BG Durham
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La Poule au Pot - a venerable French Restaurant

One of London's most venerable restaurants, La Poule au Pot has hardly changed in 50 years. The atmosphere is still very Gallic - more so even than the cuisine - and very romantic. Minimalism has yet to manifest its bleak presence inside. Outside, Chelsea has seen the bohemians depart and the billionaires arrive, a depressing change reflected inevitably a bit in the prices. At lunch time, however, the fixed price menu is still good value. The pleasant house wine comes in huge unmarked bottles and the waiter makes a very rough guess as to how much you have drunk.

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231 Ebury Street
SW1W 8UT London
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Oyster Rooms

A Lloyds No. 1 bar in the Wetherspoon chain. Piped music in the evenings.

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Fulham Broadway Centre First Floor
SW6 1AA Fulham
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Cross Keys

Popular for meals

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High Street
HP16 OAU Great Missenden , BKM
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Black Horse

Chiltern country pub. Hot-air balloon departure point in season.

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Aylesbury Road
HP16 9AX Great Missenden , BKM
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Nags Head

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

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London Road
HP16 0DG Great Missenden , BKM
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Kings Tun

A Wetherspoon pub with all the usual stuff.

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153-157 Clarence Street
KT1 1QT Kingston upon Thames , SRY
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