We first visited Valerie's Soho branch back in 2000, shortly after they opened the cafe
above, where they serve an excellent variety of tea throughout the day. The master
pastry chefs at Patisserie Valerie fill glass fronted cabinets with some of the most
uncompromising, tantalising, mouth-watering cakes and gateaux outside of France.
They now boast 13 locations in London, one in Milton Keynes and a Bristol outlet
(planned for summer 2008). During this time they've never compromised quality and
now you're closer that ultimate tea-time indulgence.
As Britain continues to enjoy its love affair with afternoon tea, so more and more chains are re-introducing it into their menus. Although Noveltea
always has - and always will - focus on smaller, independent tearooms, there are a few which are worthy of mention...