Reviews of restaurants, pubs, hotels, and places to relax, shop, and meet away from the menace of piped music. The reviews are contributed by members of Pipedown: the campaign for freedom from piped music. Quiet corners was launched in June 2009. If you would like to contribute reviews, join Pipedown and help the fightback against Muzak.

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Cobbs Tea Shop at Inverness Botanic Gardens

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Small outdoor garden to wander round and interesting cactus house on two levels. Sunny terrace with outside tables also to watch the birds and butterflies. Plant sales and organic produce. Next door to Inverness sports centre and aquadome. Open 10am - 5pm.

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.


Bught Lane
Phone: 01463 717186

Six Bells

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Basic pub with food. Tucked away on an unlikely back-street corner, grid ref TL459579. Music-free at lunchtimes but jukebox evenings. Website

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


11 Covent Garden
Cambridge CB1 2HS
Phone: 01223 355559

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.


Fyvie, Turiff, ABD AB53 8JP
Phone: 01651 891376

The Lock Team Room at Heybridge Basin

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"The Lock" Tea Room, Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Essex, CM9 4RS

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 -
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.


Basin Road
Heybridge Basin, ESS CM9 4RS
Phone: 01621 854466


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Reviewed 30 July 2014. Near Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station.

Very close to Covent Garden. The pub's emphasis is firmly on real ale, real cider and real conversation, with 10 hand pumps on the bar serving a great selection of beers. It's a place to meet friends and make friends.


47 Chandos Place (William IV Street)
Covent Garden WC2N 4HS
Phone: 0207 836 0291

The James Joyce/Italo Svevo Museum, Trieste, Italy

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Blessedly muzac-free museum celebrating two of the 20th-century's finest writers

Trieste is a fine city of the Belle Epoque, looking better than ever after recent refurbishments. Unfortunately, it also appears to be filled with piped music, which infests every café, restaurant, bar and indeed street with hellish cacophony. This makes oases of calm even more welcome. Doubly welcome is one that commemorates two of its greatest residents.


Via Madonna del Mare 13,
Trieste 34121 Trieste 34121
Phone: 39(0)40 – 6758182 / 817

La Caleta Restaurant

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Avda. Ultramar 114, Jávea (Alicante). Tel: 96 647 1337 : Open 24/7, March - end September : 10:30 - 23:00h (kitchen open 12:00-16:00h & 19:30 - 22:45h)

A great FISH restaurant. Facing the sea at the Arenal beach, take the coastal road to the right not quite all the way to the end (Cala Blanca) - be sure to keep the sea on your left at all times - and you will find the restaurant on the left side, over a white wall and situate right on the rocks by the water. Does one need to say more of such a beautiful location ? Well ..... excellent fish - good service - not cheap BUT you must book (at weekend at least 24 hours in advance). Plenty of shade and NO MUZAK - just listen to the sea !!


Avda. Ultramar 114
JAVEA 03730
Phone: 96 647 1337

Ristorante Ribot: a quiet and good restaurant in Venice:

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Seriously good restaurant near the train station and Piazzale Roma (bus station)
Fondamenta Minotto, 160 (Santa Croce) - 30135 Venice

Lunch is served from 12 noon to 2.30 and dinner from 7pm to 10.30. Closed Sundays.

Decent restaurants are notoriously hard to find in Venice; quiet restaurants are even rarer, as most places seem filled with piped music. This makes the Ristorante Ribot even more of a find for it is a seriously good restaurant - though it's not cheap, even by Venetian prices. Located in the Santa Croce district, on a quiet canal near the train and bus station, it has a pleasant courtyard garden. Here Italians come to eat proper Italian meals. Dishes such as 'sardines “in saor ” and creamed cod with polenta' or black hand-made tagliatelle with scampi and julienne of zucchini are typical.


Fondamenta Minotto 160 Santa Croce
Venice 30135 Venice
Phone: 39 041 5242486

North Star Delicatessen

Fabulous food, very healthy and interesting recipes. Wide variety of drinks including all sorts of lovely herbal teas. There is free wifi, they don't mind you sitting there for hours with just a drink, and you can work on computer hassle free. The service is excellent and there is a very friendly atmosphere. Definitely muzac free. It is very popular but they will always squeeze you in with an extra table.


418 Wilbraham Rd Chorlton
Manchester M21 0SD

Buck's Head

Very good service, pleasant atmosphere, food nothing special but a good overall experience. There were speakers mounted on the wall, but they were not being used and I complemented the staff on the peace and quiet.


42 High Street
Church Stretton, SHR SY6 6 BX
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