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by Beth Marsh (subscribe)
I am University of Leeds student reading English Language and Literature.
Published December 2nd 2012
Feeling somewhat self-indulgent?
Tucked away on Albion Street is the quaint Patisserie Valerie, an internationally renowned cafe for its handcrafted pastries and cakes.

The window of the shop boasts an eye catching array of treats from the classic Tart au Citron to Éclair au Chocolat, a cake for everyone's needs. If that isn't enough to draw you in, the café also offers a large all-day breakfast menu varying from organic porridge to the classic eggs Benedict, and also offers a lunch menu.

Not only are there an abundance of treats and snacks to choose from, but the patisserie also offers celebration cakes for weddings and birthdays. Not merely the sponge and royal icing combination, but strikingly decorative mousse cakes, layered gateaux's and marshmallow meringue cakes, unique designs which have earned the patisserie its international recognition.

As much as I find the food divine, it is somewhat disheartening to admit that the experience is let down by the service. Although the staff are smartly dressed in their black and white uniforms, they are rather unorganised and slow.

During a recent visit, I noticed several tables, including my own, that were unsatisfied and frustrated by the slow service, and unfortunately the delicious Eggs Benedict and pot of Earl Grey tea did not make up for it. However, my friend and I were offered a free drink and were given a discounted bill at the end of the lunch.

But do not let this dampen your spirits. If so, have a Tart au Citron to go.
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Why? For a unique continental experience.
When: Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm
Phone: 0113 242 4739
Where: Albion Street, Leeds
Cost: Pastries approx £3.50, Lunch per person approx £10.
Your Comment
Hi Beth
An interesting review, but I assume you're unaware of the history behind Patisserie Valerie. It originally opened in 1926 in Old Compton Street in Soho. My mum used to meet her friends there in her single days and she took me when I was much younger. I used to enjoy going, especially for their millefeuille slices and croissants. A few years ago I think it was bought out and turned into a franchise and it's never been the same since.
What I love is that in the original branch (I think they may still create the pastries there) you can order wedding cakes and top them with two men or two women; after all it is Soho.
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