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Flying Boat

A Wetherspoon outlet with real ale, cider and pub grub. The building was originally a car showroom.

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36-42 Spital Street
DA1 2DT Dartford, Kent
UK
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Flying Chariot, Terminal 2

A modern Wetherspoon airport pub, in departures, before security.

Location

Heathrow Airport, Hounslow
TW16 1EW
UK
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Lower Red Lion, St Albans

The Lower Red has always been a special pub, one of the best in St Albans.
It has a good range of beers and good food.

For three hundred years it has been unspoilt but sadly now has background music in the main bar (on the right).

Please go and express your shock and disappointment.

Location

36 Fishpool Street
AL3 4RX St Albans
UK
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Eva Hart

A large Wetherspoon pub with an interesting interior.

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1128 High Road Chadwell Heath
RM6 4AH London
UK
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Baxter's Visitors Centre, Fochabers Moray

I have called this a restaurant, although I guess it's probably better described as a canteen.

The restaurant is part of a series of shops at this place, selling a range of gifts, clothes and foodstuffs. Well worth a look, although it is only the restaurant that is music free (although I did get a bit of nuisance from the kitchen).

The restaurant serves a variety of hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks.

Note that the visitor centre is only open during the day.

Easy to find - you'll see the Baxters complex from the A96.

Location

IV32 7LD Focahabers, Moray
UK
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New Ground Café, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

This is a pleasant and some unusual café in Gardenstown.

It provides a range of snacks and hot drinks.

Please note that the opening times are a bit limited - I have been on a couple of weekend days, when it was not open until 12.

As the name implies, it also serves as an art gallery, and has some stuff to sell.

If you're in Gardenstown, I recommend a couple of short walks - one to Crovie, and the other one along the beach and then up the path to the remains of St John's church, from where the view is stunning.

Location

AB45 3YU Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire
UK
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The Wolseley, Piccadilly, London - not just for celebs

A remarkably opulent-looking café-cum-brasserie, the Wolseley is open all day. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served with the same friendly efficiency by the staff. You can spend a fortune on food and drink here if you want, but you don't have to. A pot of excellent tea is only about £5 and with it you can sit and enjoy the gilded ambience for some time. This was the haunt of celebs until recently but they seem to have moved on, leaving the Wolseley free for mere mortals to refresh themselves. Best to book 020 7499 6996

Location

160 Piccadilly
W1J 9EB London
UK
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The Standing Order, Edinburgh

Like many Wetherspoons pubs, the Standing Order is converted from an older building - in this case a palatially splendid bank with superb baroque ceilings, columns and plasterwork and fine panelling. This makes for a very large pub but the wooden screens that all banks once had have been left in place to divide the pub up into pleasant smallish rooms. As they are all carpeted and the ceilings are high, even the crowds filling this very popular pub do not make it too noisy. The food is as ever excellent value, with a huge range of beers all reasonably priced.

Location

62-66 George Street
EH2 2LR Edinburgh
UK
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House of Bruar, Blair Atholl

A food and clothing retail complex just off the A9 at Blair Atholl, it is muzac-free throughout. The eating areas can be clattery if busy. You can have a pleasant walk up the burn to the Falls of Bruar just behind.
http://www.houseofbruar.com/

Location

by Blair Atholl, Blair Atholl,
PH18 5TW Perthshire
UK
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Ceilidh Place,Ullapool

If you're looking for somewhere quiet in Ullapool try the Ceilidh Place. They do have music playing in the cafe/restaurant but were happy to serve us our lunch in their peaceful front sitting room (when we asked nicely!)
Their bookshop is muzac-free.

www.theceilidhplace.com/

Location

12-14 W Argyle St, Ullapool
IV26 2TY
UK
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