We were meeting our friend, M, and her hubby, who were currently staying in London, for dinner… M promised to bring hubby to a lovely Fish & Chips place, so that hubby can finally announce to he world that he has tried some authentic Fish & Chips :p
We met at Paddington Station, which was near where M was staying and it was also a short walk to the Fish & Chips place. As we were early, we decided to have a mini tea break first… Haha!
We have heard great reviews on Patisserie Valerie, and there happened to be an outlet at Paddington Station, so this was where we parked ourselves.
Patisserie Valerie was first opened in Frith Street in London’s Soho in 1926 by Belgian born Madam Valerie. She came to London on a mission to introduce fine Continental Patisserie to the English. It was an instant success. Since then it has grown to be a household chain of cafe and bakery all over UK, serving the best quality lovely handmade cakes and patisserie, continental breakfasts, lunches, the finest teas and coffees, celebration cakes and their own gelato!
But what drew us here were the scones!
We had wanted to try an English Afternoon Tea in London at our hotel, but it was fully booked everyday. The other more well-known locations were, honestly, quite exorbitant in the wallet department. So our Lao Ban Niang suggested Patisserie Valerie instead, since most of the time for the English Afternoon Teas, we would just be paying for the ambience and the expensive tea sets (which we can see but not take home anyway), and the scones at Patisserie Valerie that she had was actually not that bad.
So we took her advice and ordered a scone with a cup of latte to go with it while waiting for our friend. The scone came with an unopened jar of Black Currant Jam and Unsalted Butter, and Clotted Cream!
The scone was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The cream was not too jerlat and blended well with the pastry while the jam added the tiny sweetness to beautiful set. Overall it was very enjoyable for us!