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Tullie House Garden Restaurant, Carlisle

A spacious cafeteria-style restaurant in Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery. Attractive and relaxing decor and wooden tables outside.

http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/your-visit/garden-restaurant

Location

Castle St
CA3 8TP Carlisle
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John Watt Victorian Coffee Shop, Carlisle

An old-fashioned and welcoming coffee shop with splendid coffee and good cafe food. Get your supplies of freshly roasted coffee here and go downstairs to the loos to see the veritable museum of coffee machinery from the past.
http://www.johnwatt-online.co.uk/

Location

11 Bank St
CA3 8HG Carlisle
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Bell Inn, Purleigh, Essex

Delightful 14th century pub with no muzac. Standard menu, plus specials. Had scallops from the specials menu - delicious. House red was excellent. I was visiting a friend in the area. Wish I lived nearer so that I could go back on a regular basis!

Location

The Street
CM3 6QJ Purleigh, Essex
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Blueberry's Tea-shop, Alston, Cumbria

An unpretentious but comfortable cafe in the highest market town in England, Blueberry's is in one of the old buildings in the Market Square opposite the Market Cross. Pop in before or after your trip on the narrow- gauge railway.

Location

CA9 3QN Alston
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One Inn the Wood

A micropub serving real ale, real cider, wine and soft drinks. Kent pork pies, sausage rolls and cheeses are available for snacks. Closed Mondays. Near Petts Wood station.

Location

209 Petts Wood Road
BR5 1LA Orpington
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Sheila's Kitchen

An ex-"Little Chef" café, now run by Sheila and team provides a peaceful place to break your journey. Home cooking, sofa area, 2nd hand books and friendly staff.

Location

Gate Service Area, A2 Trunk Road, Dunkirk
ME13 9LN Faversham, Kent
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Falko's Secret Garden Cafe, Cockenzie

This is the latest of Falko's cafes, soon to be a licenced restaurant. Delightfully arranged with great attention to detail and with a roof garden to sit out if you wish above a wildflower meadow. The same delicious coffee and pastries as the other Falkos and its own breakfast and lunch menu.

Cockenzie House is a 17th century mansion now used as an arts and community venue. Worth visiting even before Falko's was there.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays like the other Falko cafes.

Location

Secret Garden Café Cockenzie House & Gardens 22 Edinburgh Road East Lothian Cockenzie & Port Seton
EH32 0HY Cockenzie & Port Seton
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Radius Arms

One of the new wave of micropubs, between Whyteleafe and Upper Warlingham stations. Furnished in creative recycling. Closed Mondays; opens 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon other days. Sells real ales, real ciders, wines and soft drinks only. No meals.

Location

205 Godstone Road
CR3 0EL Whyteleafe, Surrey
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Wetherspoons - Cross Keys Hotel, Peebles

Seventeenth century coaching inn now run by Wetherspoons. Fitted out to standard Wetherspoons design and with their standard menus and coffee.
http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-cross-keys

Location

Northgate Peebles
EH45 8RS
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Ramblers Cafe, Peebles

Situated at the back of the Cookshop kitchenware shop just after you cross the bridge into the Old Town this is a rare quiet cafe in Peebles. The owner was delighted to receive a blue card as it endorsed his decision not to have muzac playing.

http://www.bigreddirectory.com/ramblers-coffee-shop-peebles

Location

1-2 Old Town, Peebles
EH45 8JF
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