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Brandy Cask Pub & Brewery

Real Ale, Real Cider and traditional food. A fair walk from Pershore station

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Bridge Street
WR10 1AJ Pershore
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Bristol Cathedral

This amazing cathedral, founded in 1140, has an astonishingly beautiful east end and is packed with history. It has a quiet unpretentious cafe and if the weather's right you can take your coffee out to the lovely cathedral courtyard and garden.

Also try the Bristol Central Library next door; see separate entry.

http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/visit-us/coffee-shop/

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College Green
BS1 5TJ Bristol
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Bristol Central Library

A beautiful and spacious library in an historic building, it has the added benefit of a comfortable muzac-free cafe in the middle of it. Family run with fairtrade coffee and good homemade food, locally sourced, it's a peaceful spot to relax in a busy city.

However, the cafe is located next to the children's library, so if it's too noisy go next door to Bristol Cathedral which has a quiet cafe; see separate entry.

www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/central-library

Location

College Green
BS1 5TL Bristol
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Capon Tree Cafe, Brampton

Appealing traditional cafe with home baking - excellent buttered tea cakes - quite small with another little room upstairs.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capon-Tree-Cafe/187780287915681

Location

27 Front St Brampton
CA8 1NG Cumbria
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Cross Keys Inn, Thropton

Traditional village pub with several rooms downstairs and a lovely garden rising in terraces behind, the garden marred unfortunately by a noisy air conditioning unit. We found a spot where the noise was muffled by trees. I wished it had been a mealtime when I went through as the board said 'rabbit casserole'. No muzac throughout, by design.

http://www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/view/Cross-Keys-NE65-7HX

Location

Thropton Morpeth
NE65 7HX Northumberland
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The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

This wonderful hotel had its beginnings as a 12th Century Abbot's Priory. Every area - lounge, bar, dining rooms - is muzac free, with the one exception of the large upstairs dining room. There's a beautiful garden to sit in and a kitchen garden producing vegetables for the original and appetizing menu. Surprisingly affordable food.

http://www.lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk/

Location

The Square Blanchland
DH8 9SP County Durham
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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.

http://www.johnwatt-online.co.uk/

Also try Tullie House, 5 mins walk away; see separate entry.

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.

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CA9 3QN Alston
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