Christmas Cakes

Made with mixed Christmas spices, dried cherries, orange peel and cranberries, soaked in sherry and topped with marzipan. Available individually or in boxes of six, a perfect festive gift.

Baker’s Dozen with Alex Mariz

To celebrate the launch of our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Box, we spoke to chocolatier – and the man behind the bespoke chocolates – Alex Mariz, about his morning rituals.

What time did you get up this morning?

5:30 with Christmas in full swing – no time for a lie in.

How do you take your coffee?

Black with one sugar.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

Coffee, toast and a delicious fruit jam.

How do you and GAIL’s know each other?

We have been friends for many years

What’s the first food you remember loving as a child?

Eating tropical fruits from the trees back in my home country, Brazil.

Have you ever baked bread? How did that go?

When I was studying at le Cordon Bleu we had to bake lots of bread. From what I can remember they were good. I’m usually very patient so no rushing the proving stages.

What does the smell of freshly baked bread remind you of?

It reminds me of home… and that I mustn’t forget to buy butter!

What do you spread on your toast?

Jam… LOTS of jam. I can eat a jar of jam in a day, and making jams for a living enables that!

For us, bread is the fundamental thing. What’s fundamental for you?

Enjoying life through good handmade food.

What’s in your ultimate sandwich?

Anything as long there is smoked bacon in it.

If we could give you a lifetime supply of anything we make, what would that be?

Your olive bread. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted. The fact that Amazon delivers this bread is a big bonus – making it easier to get my hands on! The marzipan brioche is excellent also.

We work with three primary ingredients. Four if you include time. What are the main ingredients in your life and work, concrete or abstract?

Cocoa, sugar, sea, good food and wine. All essential.

What would you do for a living if not this?

Probably back to my early days of being pastry chef.



Our “12 Days of Christmas” Gift Box is available in all of our bakeries or online.

Limited edition advent calendar

The 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar: What My Baker Made for Me

We want you to share the flavour of the festivities with those you love throughout the duration of the holidays, so we’ve created a gift that will give, and give again (twelve times to be exact): It’s our very first advent calendar.

The calendar features our Blackheath bakery, illustrated in the spirit of the season by Christopher Brown. Behind each door you’ll find a bespoke chocolate, created in collaboration with London chocolatier Alex Mariz. Each is hand-packed with a gift certificate to be redeemed in GAIL’s. Available in all of our bakeries or online.

May you and yours have a very merry, very bakery Christmas.

Gift certificates are redeemable from 1st December – 31st January. Christmas products are only available until 31st December. 

Christmas in our bakery

Christmas at GAIL’s is all about the joy of seasonal flavours we taste but once a year. Spicy and sweet things filling the pantry. Goodies stashed away in tins that are strategically placed within reach. Candies in jars. Dried fruits and sweetmeats weighing down the tips of hand-knit stockings. The warmth around the tree, the twinkling of tiny lights, the alluring scents wafting from the kitchen.

Our bakeries brim with the quintessential Christmas classics, including our Pecan and Cranberry sourdough, as well as some new favourites, revisited in the full spirit of the season revisited with festive flavours and ingredients.


Mince Pies GAIL's Bakery

Mince Pies; sprinkled with demerara sugar

Christmas Buns; made with frangipane, chocolate crumbs, candied orange zest and vanilla. Iced with orange crème fraîche. Baked throughout the day, every day

Ricotta, sour cherry & pistachio croissant; twice-baked croissant, soaked in syrup, filled with vanilla ricotta and sour cherries, and topped with pistachio crumble

Christmas baking for children

We will be running Christmas gingerbread baking classes for children in select bakeries listed below.

If you would like to join us for a baking class please visit or call one of our bakeries below and let our teams know. All classes will start at 4pm.


Tuesday 12th December

Battersea Square


Summertown, Oxford

Blackheath Village



Wednesday 13th December


Seymour Place

Jericho, Oxford


Thursday 14th December

Temple Fortune


Wednesday 20th December

Hove *class starts at 15:00

New vegan chocolate muffins

Our new Chocolate Muffin is made with bananas, dairy-free chocolate, cocoa powder, walnuts, brown sugar & maple syrup. The Vegan muffin batter is then topped with crumbled walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked for 25 minutes in our bakeries. We will also be launching a Vegan Hot Cocoa drink, which is made with Zuma100% organic cocoa and hot frothy milk. Both the Vegan Hot Cocoa and the Chocolate Muffin will be available in bakeries from 2nd November.