Patisserie Valerie’s Cafe started in 1898 by Theophile Vermeirsch. They proudly display their history on a plaque on the wall. So, in short, they have high expectations to meet. They show their professionalism and love for patisserie through the amazingly yummy array of cakes available in the window. The staff dressed in a uniform of black trousers and white shirts are friendly, polite and apologetic. Some food may not be available all of the time due to them being cooked fresh and on demand. Especially if it has been so popular that they have run out of the ingredients. The café is on two floors, the lighting is clear along with the floor and the flooring is a matt finish.
Upstairs there are comfy sofas and all furnishings are a dark mahogany colour. Tea will be served with individual teapots on a wooden base making it easier to find without burning one’s hands. The food is also well-proportioned and yummy. Valerie’s in Durham is also known for their cake delivery services.
Taken by Alexandra Negoita
The entryway into the café is on one floor. The café carries a distinctly French feel. There is plenty of room to manoeuvre yourself through the tables and chairs. There is only one toilet on the first floor, and it is wheelchair friendly. On the walls, you can see a cleaning schedule which proves that the place takes hygiene very seriously. High chairs are available at the entrance if you need one. Unfortunately, there is no braille menu however staff will read it to you.
There is plenty of space between the seating areas for one to wheel one’s wheelchair or pram through. The staff are very proud of their autism-friendly services and explained that they are currently receiving training with the mind-charity on various disabilities. In my opinion, it is accessible to those with dementia because they do not have a patterned floor to confuse or frighten those who suffer from the condition.