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Delightful surprise in Salisbury

I was delighted yesterday to find the Giggling Squid, in Salisbury - which not only had a particularly delicious & varied tapas menu (yes - Thai tapas, a marvelous innovation) - but an equally delicious atmosphere of quiet & civility, though there may have been some occasional very low, soft music. Tapas sets of 4 dishes are £9.99, though we couldn't resist making our own selection, which was slightly more dear.

Location

32 Market Place
DSP1 1TL Salisbury
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Falko's Gullane Kaffeehaus, East Lothian

Bakery and cafe; a great place for coffee or lunch, a sister cafe to Falko's in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Delicious breads, cakes and pastries.

Location

1 Stanley Road
EH31 2AD Gullane, East Lothian
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Falco Konditormeister, Brunstfield

Bakery and cafe; a great place for coffee or lunch with delicious breads, cakes and pastries. Falko has won awards in Germany for his products. See also Falko's in Gullane, East Lothian. They have a stall at the Farmers' Market in Castle Terrace in Edinburgh every Saturday too.

Location

185 Bruntsfield Pl,
EH10 4DG Edinburgh
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Brocket Arms

We enjoyed a home cooked meal at this intimate country pub.
No music except occasional live music such as jazz.
Very friendly.
Historic ruined church to explore, just across the road.

Location

AL6 9BT Ayot St Lawerence nr Welwyn
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Cafe Hafon, Tregaron

Lovely cafe attached to craft shop. Indoor and outdoor seating. Excellent cakes/scones/quiches/salads, etc. Good range of teas, coffees and soft drinks. Helpful and friendly staff. No music in craft shop or cafe

Location

Dewi Road
SY25 6RL Tregaron
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La Barantine and La Barantine Victoria

Two small French cafes; very good coffee. Croissants, pastries, cakes to eat there or to buy to take away. Pleasant and attentive staff.
Although they are both musac-free they do have radio spillage from the open kitchen door which they have turned down for me on occasion.

Locations

89 West Bow
EH1 2JP Edinburgh
202 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4DG Edinburgh
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Ciao Bella!

Ciao Bella is a typical cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant, focusing on pasta and pizza but with more substantial dishes for those who want them. It has been going for years and has friendly staff and loads of character. A white piano provides occasional but not too loud music. It is not of course quiet on a busy Saturday evening when it is packed, but there are a few tables outside and on other nights it is peaceful enough. Blown-up stills from films of the golden age of Italian cinema - especially from films by Fellini - cover the walls.

Location

86-90 Lamb's Conduit Street
WC1N 3LZ London
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Andrew Edmunds

Andrew Edmunds has been called 'a last bastion of old Soho' with good reason. Set in a small 18th-century town house, it has been attracting loyal customers who have kept returning for nearly 30 years to its generally French food. Romantic candle-lit atmosphere, seasonal menu and remarkable wine list ensure its continuing popularity, despite – or because of – its utter lack of trendiness. Not cheap but worth it for the food, wine, service and ambience.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Booking is advisable tel 020 7437 5708

Location

46 Lexington Street
W1F OLP. London
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Prince Rupert Hotel, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UQ

Our room was very quiet, overlooking the churchyard, and we thoroughly enjoyed our cooked breakfast (overlooked by two suits of armour). The staff at breakfast were delightful. My husband has various food allergies. We had alerted the hotel in advance and they catered for his needs as if it were no problem at all..
One evening we had drinks in the Bar which were very reasonable. Apart from breakfast, we didn't eat at the hotel so I can't comment on the restaurants.

Location

Butcher Row
SY1 1UQ Shrewsbury
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Greywalls, Muirfield, East Lothian

Not cheap (3 course set lunch is £29.50 and doesn't include wine or coffee) but a wonderful venue for a special occasion. Have your aperitifs and amuses bouche in the Library of this beautiful Lutyens country house, followed by an excellent lunch in the dining room. The service is wonderful. You are even presented with a tray of orange slices, lime slices and lemon slices and asked which, if any, you would like added to your tap water... Lunch can be followed by coffee and petits fours. Either in the Library again or there are various other sitting areas you can choose.

Location

EH31 2EG Gullane, East Lothian
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