There’s something so very classy and elegant and everything-I’m-not about it. Puts me in mind of pretty dresses and fancy china and elegant tinkly pianos in the background. Plus there’s usually cake, which you know I love!
So when Patisserie Valerie invited me down to their Soho branch to try out their new Afternoon Tea menu, guess what my answer was? (Spoiler: I said yes please!)
The Afternoon Tea is priced at £25 for two people, or £30 for two people with a glass of prosecco each. Which I think is REALLY reasonable, especially considering most other London tea places would charge that same price per person.
I was very impressed at how much food you get for that price too!
We started with a selection of finger sandwiches: I loooved the salmon and cream cheese, but the chicken and pesto won as overall favourite. Then we also received little red pepper and cheese quiches, which were still warm, and perfectly light.
Next, we moved on to the scones. Two each: one plain and one fruit, served with a little pot of clotted cream to share, and an adorable mini jar of jam each.
And finally, a selection of Patisserie Valerie’s finest fancy cakes: mini chocolate eclairs, a mini Victoria sponge (my fave!), a slab of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, a slice of airy chocolate cake with rich chocolate icing, and a bizarre summer fruits mousse cake.
All this with a refillable pot of tea included (unlike the sneaky folk over at Kettner’s who gloss over the fact that the price of their afternoon tea doesn’t actually include tea…)
I did think the sandwiches could have been a bit fresher. However, overall, the food was actually reaaaally good considering the price. The scones were a special favourite of mine: super fresh, still warm, and smothered with liberal helpings of jam and cream (not cream and jam!)
The team were all super friendly and helpful as well, which is always appreciated!
It’s not exactly a luxury spot, but if you’re looking for an afternoon tea that delivers the goods without breaking the bank: definitely check out Patisserie Valerie!