I went there on Saturday after experiencing the Jane Austen festival for a pleasant afternoon tea before the long journey home and I was not disappointed. I have eaten in many of the branches of Patisserie Valerie and this is definitely one of the best. The building itself was pleasant, and the staff were as ever friendly, helpful and not at all supercilious or snooty. I ordered the Organic Earl Grey tea with blueflowers, which is perfect, it is less overpowering than pure Earl Grey but you still get the kick. As ever it came in the cafe's large teapots, with the tea in a metal infuser within it, so none of the fuss you usually get with loose leaf tea. I ordered their infamous Tarte au Citron as an accompaniment and it was of the usual high standard, the pastry being not heavy at all and the lemon flavour present but not overpowering. The staff were very friendly and chatty (as much as is possibly when you are so busy and popular) and I left the café feeling very happy and full. The prices are not cheap, but you do get what you pay for and I don't object to paying £6 for such a quality repast. I will definitely go again, and would recommend it to anybody who likes good quality tea with tasty accompaniments. The location right opposite the Guildhall and its markets is also ideal for shoppers and tourists and locals. An essential part of the Bath experience.
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