Reviewed by Melody Floyde
I was really excited when the buyagift envelope dropped through the letterbox and couldn’t wait to open it. Inside was a glossy presentation folder containing pictures and details of the Afternoon Tea for Two at Patisserie Valerie with Cake Gift Box experience that I had been sent and of course the all-important voucher.
From looking at the details, the voucher entitled us to an afternoon tea for two at any Patisserie Valerie in the UK (181 locations to choose from) and, as if that wasn’t already enough, we would also get a cake gift box to take home as well, I couldn’t wait to redeem it.
The next step was to log on to the buyagift website to activate the voucher and to check where we could redeem it. Luckily for us we have a Patisserie Valerie in Exeter and it was one of the locations on the list. It also said that there was no need to book with the venue but that we could just turn up with our voucher, although there may be a wait at busy times.
So, with the children shipped off to my mum, my partner and I went to Patisserie Valerie on a Sunday afternoon clutching our voucher for our romantic pre-valentine’s date. On arrival we were immediately seated in a comfy booth and given the Afternoon Tea menu to look at. The waiter also advised me that, as cake stocks were running low, I should choose my four cakes for the take home box straight away. He wasn’t wrong, there were very few cakes left but I managed to choose a selection of yummy tarts and cupcakes for my box which the waiter then put aside for us to collect before we left. Maybe a top tip here that Sunday afternoons are not the best time of the week to visit Patisserie Valerie if you want the full cake selection to choose from!
When the waiter returned we placed our order, he checked if we had any special dietary requirements and, as neither of us are keen on egg sandwiches, we were able to request extra smoked salmon ones. We were also able to choose from a selection of hot drinks which were unlimited.
After a short wait the much-anticipated afternoon tea arrived, and we weren’t disappointed. We were presented with a selection of finger sandwiches, savoury tarts, cakes and of course scones, cream and jam. It looked great and everything was delicious and, despite being told that we could take anything home that we hadn’t eaten, we devoured it all. We were also really impressed that the waiter was very attentive, checking if we needed more drinks regularly. I would highly recommend Patisserie Valerie for it’s delicious food and great staff.
This buyagift experience makes a lovely gift to give to someone for Valentine’s Day or for any other celebration. It retails at £35 which is good value for money given that it includes the afternoon tea for two people and the take home box of cakes. It was a real treat for my partner and I to have an afternoon tea together and we really enjoyed the experience. It probably wouldn’t be something we would do for ourselves so to receive it as a gift would be lovely.
I would rate this experience 5 out of 5. I will definitely be checking out buyagift in the future for any gift ideas and I will also be returning to Patisserie Valerie to try some more of their delicious cakes!
For more information or to buy visit www.buyagift.co.uk.