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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The James Joyce/Italo Svevo Museum

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Blessedly muzac-free fascinating 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 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

The Defford Arms

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Frendly family run village pub ( with accommodation and restaurant ).
Good food. Real ales. Log fires in winter.

No piped music. (Sometimes when it is broadcast the radio programme 'The Archers' is on in the bar)


Upton Road Defford Village
Nr Pershore, WOR WR8 9BD
Phone: 01386 750378

The Cook Book

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The Cook Book, 4 Cape Cornwall Street, St. Just, Penzance, Cornwall. TR19 7JZ
Telephone : 01736 787266
Open 10 - 5 in Summer and 10 - 4 in Winter.
Parking outside in the street, or free car park within 3 minute walk. Bus service half hourly to Penzance, from the bus station in the car park. And in summer open-top bus along the stunning coast road to St.Ives and/or Land's End. Plus lots of superb walks in the area - and the coast path as well!

This cafe is the place to head for when visiting St. Just in West Cornwall, in the Land's End Peninsula. It's clean, quiet, with friendly staff, and it has a good, substantial menu at attractive prices. Also a well presented second hand-bookstore. There is also a polite notice discouraging the use of mobile phones as well, so there is double the reason to go there.


4 Cape Cornwall Street St Just
Penzance, CON TR19 7JZ

Angel Inn

The phrase cheap and cheerful must have been created to describe this great little cafe close to Angel Underground Station in London. I enjoyed great breakfast with friendly staff and no music, all for £4.85. Also does good-value lunches. Closes mid/late afternoon..


420 St John St Angel Islington
London EC1V 4NJ
Phone: 0207 837 7946

II Molino

Comfortable cafe with friendly staff and quality, reasonably priced food and drink. Ideal for a coffee and a cake.


155 Lavender Hill Battersea
London SW11 5QH

The Waterhouse

This Wetherspoons Pub in the heart of Manchester is divided into a number of cosy rooms, some with armchairs, it is like entertaining friends in your own home! A truly relaxing experience.


67-71 Princess Street
Manchester M2 4EG
Phone: 0161 200 5380
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