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 café 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.