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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Bedford Arms

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Recently refurbished.

Reviewed 31 March 2014. A pub and restaurant with bedrooms. Large garden and car-park.


Chenies village
Rickmansworth, HRT WD3 6EQ
Phone: 01923 284825

Orange Tree

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12 - 11 Sun - Thurs; 12 - 11:30 Fri - Sat; Food every lunchtime (12 - 2) + Thursday evenings

Traditional pub near the Cricket Ground, serving eight cask beers and good pub food at reasonable prices. No music except for the occasional party. Televised sport is limited to major events (rarely football); otherwise, the only accompaniment to your visit is the hubbub of conversation.


Lower Anchor Street
Chelmsford CM2 0AS

Cricketers Arms, Tangley, Hampshire

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Wonderful ancient inn, well worth making the short detour from the A303.

We loved the The Cricketers Arms:
Unspoiled atmospheric inn.
Superb real ale served straight from the barrel.
Excellent and varied menu, all freshly cooked to order.
Inviting inglenook fireplace.
Welcoming proper landlord.

No music, no gambling machines.

We spent the night in the toasty log cabins behind the pub - comfortable, quiet, and clean. A generous full English breakfast rounded off our visit nicely.

Highly recommended.


near Andover SR11 0SH

Zedel's Brasserie

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Zedel's Brasserie 20 Sherwood Street LONDON WIF 7ED
(almost under Piccadilly Circus)
020 7734 4888
Open 11.30am to midnight (11pm Sunday)

Buried deep under Piccadilly Circus, this was once the Atlantic Bar (among other incarnations). Now it is a remarkably successful attempt to recreate a French brasserie with a resplendent 1920s decor - huge gilded marbles pillars, mirrors and other aspects of elegant splendour.
The food is unapologetically French and there are good value fixed price menus. The wine list is interestingly French too and the service friendly and efficient.



Country House

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Near Earlsfield station. Reviewed 23 January 2014.

Historic pub interior with real ale and simple lunches.


2 - 4 Groton Road
Earlsfiels SW18 4EP
Phone: 0208 874 2715

Queens Head

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Reviewed 7 January 2014. Near Limehouse stations.

Old style street-corner local in a traditional residential area. The Late Queen Mother pulled a pint here in July 1987. There is usually no music/TV unless customers request it.


8 Flamborough Street
Limehouse E14 7LS
Phone: 0207 0423 9132

Red Lion

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Car park at rear.

A proper village pub with real ale and interesting meals. Still free from piped music on 31st March 2014.


Latimer Road Chenies Village
Rickmansworth, HRT WD3 6ED
Phone: 01923 282722


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In a small village off the A418 road between Oxford and Aylesbury
Chearsley is between Long Crendon and Aylesbury

This is a quiet country pub, offering a good range of meals and beers. None of the ubiquitous speakers but occasional gentle soft tracks played behind the bar. We arrived in time to order their home-steamed steak and kidney pudding – rich and very filling, oozing with dark gravy, served with creamy mash, carrots and cauli’.
[Other facilities: Garden to rear, Ladies loo modernised and opened by the ‘Olympic Pilot’, selection of games, newspapers, paperbacks …]
Awarded “Community Pub of the Year 2012”


The Green, Chearsley,
Phone: 01844 208077

Fox Inn

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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'.


Green Lane
Hanwell W7 2PJ
Phone: 0208 567 4021

Lamb & Flag

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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.


33 Rose Street
Covent Garden, LND WC2 9EB
Phone: 0207 497 9504
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