Here’s a transfer which I might have to edit with ‘closed’ in the near future, what with financial troubles making the company’s survival unlikely, including the arrest of the financial director in October 2018. As an early Christmas present, we had the pleasure of having a festive afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie. This chain of cake shop/cafes has a couple of branches in Cambridge, and we went to the one in town proper, at the start of Bridge Street (and which used to be Halford’s bike shop).

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High tea tower, Patisserie Valerie, Cambridge

It’s very popular with tourists, and we had a bit of a wait for seats. Staff are rushed off their feet, and perhaps that’s why it doesn’t really feel very welcoming and it takes a while to get served. It is a nice enough place, with lots of art nouveau and French posters on the wall. The food was OK, with the vegetarian options being less good than the meat/fish ones, it seems.

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Festive options, Patisserie Valerie, Cambridge

The festive afternoon tea (£28 for two) consists of a sandwich selection (egg – bit dull; cucumber – very dull…why does this even exist, let alone be popular?; prosciutto, mascarpone and rocket – apparently good; prawn Marie rose and avocado – likewise; turkey and cranberry – wife’s favourite), a couple of pepper tarts (OK), 6 mini cakes (a little sweet for us), a couple of cranberry mince pies, and scones with jam and clotted cream. Overall alright, though I would have preferred a few more fruit options or cheese sandwiches.

Address: 1 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB21UA
Telephone: 01223365293
Website: https://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk