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Near the canal. Reviewed 5 December 2013.
Has won many CAMRA awards. Real ale and interesting food. How we think pubs were in 'the good old days'.
Reviewed 20 November 2013. Near Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stations.
Was once on the site but the noise was turned on after Fullers bought it. Has now returned to peace and quiet.
Small friendly restaurant in Puglia, southern Italy.
Half-hidden in an alley just behind the Piazza della Indipendenza, the main square in the hill-town of Ostuni in Puglia, the Osteria La Candina claims to offer 'cucina tipica' (typical food). It is too modest. Its food is excellent though simple, like the somewhat subterranean restaurant itself. The staff are friendly and helpful and WILLING TO TURN OFF THE MUZAC WHEN ASKED – it's fairly soft anyway. (The magic phrase is 'può abbassare la musica, per favore?'). La Candine specialises in fish and seafood, both very good. So is the house wine.
Reviewed 7 October 2013. Near the tourist information office.
A 'proper' pub - no music, no gaming machines, no TVs but has good food, real ales and cider. It has a large garden.
Reviewed 3 October 2013. Close to Cannon Street station.
After a spell of intrusive music it has reverted to peace and quiet, except for the customers at commuting time.
This is a most agreeable, relaxed, muzac - free, dog - friendly pub, with Bill and Joan offering a range of excellent beers and modestly - priced home cooked food. Accommodation is also available. Its very existence is proof that life in this frenetic century is still worth living.
It looks like it is a big chain, and I have only been once to the branch near Russell Square (http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk/brunswick-centre.aspx).
My wife has been a big fan of this place for years, and I was suitably impressed. It specialises in cakes and ice creams, with generous portions and reasonable prices. It also does lunches and breakfasts.
There was no music when I visited, and the place is also on a plaza a fair distance from the nearest road.
This site has outside and inside seating - there is no music in either. The site is off a main road, however the road is reasonably far away and not particularly busy.
The barn contains a small free musuem, is walking distance to the sea, and is quite near to Horsey beach (a nice quiet sandy beach where you can see seals if you're lucky). You can also hire bikes from the barn.
See website for details - http://www.norfolkhistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk/projects/past/028_waxham....
I couldn't find the postcode, however the barn is easy to find - it is on the coast road between Sea Palling and Horsey, signposted and easibly visible from the road.
A nice range of lunches in a very pleasant setting
OS grid ref SX447668, on the corner of Chapel St pretty much at the centre of the village. Reasonably handy for Morwellham Quay mining museum.
The only slight worry is the presence of a juke box. However, stated policy is never to have piped music.
A small family-owned chain of 15 pubs in west/central Yorkshire, mostly older establishments that have been bought and demodernised.
Robert Stevens recommends this chain of pubs which are 'spartan in their furnishing' with decent but limited range of food and 'excellent beer'. Typical is the Brigantes at 144 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
In their words, all are ‘un-themed but all share several common features:-
A unique and welcoming ambience
A wide range of real ales from independent brewers
A fine selection of bottled & draught Continental beers
An extensive wine list
Good food prepared in-house
Daily and Sunday newspapers
Music-free bar areas in most taverns
Dogs are welcome