The closest Patisserie Valerie location to the hotel Annemari and I booked in Earl’s Court was in Knightsbridge, a twenty-minute walk away. Annemari and I took our time getting there; it was our first day in the Earl’s Court area of Kensington and Chelsea, and therefore recon time. But we got there.
The Patisserie Valerie in Knightsbridge is a stone’s throw away from some of the museums I’ve already blogged about, including the Natural History Museum. It’s a deep, narrow little shop decorated in the chain’s usual wooden and burgundy tones. We were seated at a comparatively large circular table near a corner, with plenty of space for ourselves, our bags, our plates, preserves, and the big afternoon tea three-tier stand that would be placed in the middle in no time.
We were offered tea, and as is our wont, I ordered a vanilla latte and Annemari ordered hot chocolate instead. We are the worst. Our drinks were however the best. Annemari found the hot chocolate good even when it was cold, and sweet enough without any concentration at the bottom. The latte was on the sweet side, and it had a really great consistency I’ve missed since buying a coffee machine.
The savoury tier of the Patisserie Valerie afternoon tea currently consists of an assortment of finger sandwiches including cucumber on white bread, smoked salmon and cream cheese on brown bread, egg mayonnaise and cress on brown bread, ham and mustard on white bread, and chicken, pesto & sunblazed tomatoes on brown bread. There are also two tomato and mixed pepper quiches. I tried to be brave, but mostly stayed away from anything involving tomato or pepper, because no. In this sense Annemari and I were not complementary, because neither of us is that into tomato.
The sandwiches we each had took the edge off our hunger — we’d barely eaten all day — without being overly filling. I particularly enjoyed the cucumber on white bread and the smoked salmon with cream cheese.
What I learned about afternoon tea in my week in London is that scones are incredibly filling. And they’re not something I’m crazy about, so they’re that frustrating kind of filling where you eat them and then you’re like, “Why didn’t I go for the sweet stuff first?” I have now learned my lesson.
Nonetheless, they were good scones, and it was fun trying clotted cream for the first time. It reminded me of butter more than it reminded me of any other creams, and I enjoyed it; it made me want to try it with these cream biscuits. The raspberry preserve was also lovely. We packed up the last couple to take with us, and according to Annemari, they were still good a day later.
YESSS. I mean, y’all know how I am about pastries and chocolate, the top tier of any afternoon tea is going to be where my eye goes straight away. I started with the savoury stuff like a normal person because, like I said, I hadn’t eaten and I try to take a minimal amount of care of my body, just so I won’t faint and things. But the TOP TIER. There was a chocolate mousse slice and a mixed berry mousse slice and two chocolate eclairs and they were all delicious. The chocolate mousse slice was probably my favorite.
Annemari had the Victoria sandwich and thought it tasted great; it was airy and, apparently, sticky.
Pricing + Location
The afternoon tea menu for two is just £25.
Patisserie Valerie / Knightsbridge
215 Brompton Road
SW3 2EJ London
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review. I wouldn’t be writing about it if Annemari and I hadn’t enjoyed it.