I admit I have a little soft spot for Patisserie Valerie, it being the first place I ever had cream tea in London (I wasn't familiar with Time Out then). The cream tea itself was somewhat average in flavour - but it was well-presented and served with a polite smile, and that's exactly how I'd describe Patisserie Valerie now, having visited again today. Being gluten free, I don't usually bother looking at bakeries, but a small notice announcing a new gluten free range caught my eye. Only a few items (flapjack, brownie, chocolate muffin, marble cake) but a welcome and pleasant surprise nonetheless so I decided to go for a gluten free chocolate muffin. As a point of contrast, I bought a regular chocolate muffin for a friend. The gluten free muffin was a little pricier and a little flatter than the regular one (to be expected), but overall had a nice soft texture, with little bits of white chocolate in there too. Average chocolatey flavour - a little bland compared to regular but good for gluten free (gluten-freers, you know what I mean). It came in what felt like unnecessary plastic packaging instead of a paper bag like normal, but maybe that was to protect it from potential stray gluten that might be lurking about and contaminate it. And it was served with a polite smile.