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Patisserie Valerie

Bakery on Old Compton Street
020 7437 3466

5 / 10 from 4 reviews
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Address
44 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4TY
Opening Times
Monday
Opens 07:30 - Closes 21:00
Tuesday
Opens 07:30 - Closes 21:00
Wednesday
Opens 07:30 - Closes 23:00
Thursday
Opens 07:30 - Closes 23:00
Friday
Opens 07:30 - Closes 23:00
Saturday
Opens 08:00 - Closes 23:00
Sunday
Opens 09:00 - Closes 21:00
Region
Soho
Nearest Station
Leicester Square 0.20 miles away
Category
Bakeries
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Patisserie Valerie is a chain of licensed cafes that serve breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea. They are world famous patisseries. They also bake wedding and birthday cakes. This branch provides a takeaway facility and provides non smoking areas upon request.

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All In London Review

Simple cakes and pastries in a good place for peoplewatching

Madame Valerie opened the first Patisserie Valerie on Frith Street in 1926. Her mission was to introduce French-style pastries and cakes to England and her bakery proved to be a hit. After suffering heavy bombing during WWII she reopened a few metres away on Old Compton St, in premises that remain today.

Over the years this bakery has gone from Soho institution to successful chain, with over 30 branches dotted around the UK. Though today Patisserie Valerie is as much a household name as a Costa Coffee, the Old Compton Street branch still retains a certain charm thanks to its 1950s décor, particularly past a certain time of night when Soho night owls gather here for coffee and musing.

If a thoroughly rich, heart-attack inducing dessert is required after dinner - particularly if one wants to undo the benefits of a relatively healthy meal at one of the many Japanese restaurants nearby – Patisserie Valerie has all the usual suspects: éclairs, profiteroles, Black Forest gateaux, cheesecake, banana splits, gelato…

Portions of cake are mammoth-sized, as a slice of their chocolate variety demonstrated. The tarts are particularly good, made with a generous dollop of deliciously gloopy crème patissiere, or French custard.

Aside from the cakes that sit seductively in the window, one can order a full English, eggs Benedict, Danish pastries, Croque Monsieur and sandwiches.

None of the food is revolutionary fare, but it’s simple and comforting at average prices (£7.50 for a full English breakfast, £2.30 for a Danish pastry) in a good spot for people watching and/or eavesdropping.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Sep 14, 2010


User Reviews

Parvati
from London

Nov 1, 2013

Terrible experience!When my friends and I went in, we had to sit upstairs because it was very busy. We understood that it may take some time to get our orders taken but after waiting for 20 minutes, I had to go look for the waitresses myself. Not impressed to find them gossiping behind the counter.
Our order, which was cheesecake, a strawberry tart and a hot chocolate, came promptly enough but the hot chocolate was dreadful despite costing £2.80. It was tasteless as the chocolate which was all stuck to the bottom and much of it was spilling down the sides.
Alicia
from London

Mar 13, 2013

Having read the review by Evoula I felt compelled to write another! I've been going to the Old Compton Street Patisserie Valerie for many years and have always loved the charm and warmth of the place. I've never had cause to complain about any of their fare – always delicious! I had a sandwich in the Victoria branch recently which was excellent. It arrived slightly late as I'd asked for an extra filling, so the waitress offered cake and coffee as compensation for my few minutes delay (which I declined due to diet!). But it was so generous of her!
Evoula

Apr 12, 2011

Hello. Yesterday 11/04/2011 I went to Paticerie Valerie with a friend for a cup of tea and a cake. I was very dissapointed and felt sorry for my friend that wanted to take me out for a a nice treat and sadly I did not like it at all. I had an organic chamomile tea and a chocolate muse and my friend had a normal tea and a cheececake. Can I ask how long they are allowed to display food on the window? The cakes were very old and my tea was way too bitter. Chamomile is not suppose to taste like that. I could not find any excuse for such a place like Paticerie Valerie. Is one of the oldest in the town and I am sure they would not making Madame Valerie proud at all. It was terrible chocolate mouse and I bet that the cheececake was dated as well, because neither me or my friend finished what we were eating. On the positive side the service was very good.
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