Thursday, December 20, 2012

Patisserie Valerie

My wife and I visited Southend-on-Sea for final shopping before Christmas. Heavy rain eased as we walked up the High Street. My wife remarked that Patisserie Valerie had arrived in town; therefore we made a point of seeing what was on offer.  Displayed in the windows and behind counters there was a fantastic array of fabulously sumptuous cakes and patisseries. People were stopping to admire the stunning, mouth-watering selection of creamy, chocolate and fruit gateaux.  

Belgium born Madam Valerie opened her first cafĂ© in Frith Street, London, in 1926 with the mission of introducing the finest continental patisserie to the English. Patisserie Valeria went on to become a successful business, today having 23 cafes in London, 42 elsewhere in England and 2 in Edinburgh.  All of their cakes and patisseries are handmade with fresh ingredients, many containing real cream and exotic fruit. A huge range is on offer, but individual cakes can be made to order, including those for weddings and other celebratory occasions. Here’s a list of a few that make the mouth water: Double Chocolate Gateau, Chocolate Mirror, Fresh Exotic fruit Gateau, Black Forest Gateau, Profiteroles Valerie Style and Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Gateau.

There was no time for sampling a delight today, but we have earmarked Patisserie Valerie for a relaxing treat, perhaps in the New Year.


Patisserie Valerie

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