There’s no denying it any longer – after quite the hiatus, summer is most definitely here in London. Though the menu at GAIL’s Kitchen has changed over the seasons since we opened in November 2012, it’s out with the old and in with the new now the sun’s out. We’ve refreshed the menu with new dishes like sticky chicken with roast garlic, heritage carrots & almonds and in the puddings department – our favourite – chocolate marscapone custard tart with blackcurrant cream. Swing by for lunch or dinner at Bayley Street to try it out.
We started life in NW3 – just shy of a mile up the road in Hampstead – so we’re delighted to be opening our second bakery in the area right opposite the tube in Belsize Park. The builders were still busy on the day before opening, but we made it on time to open up at 7am with free croissants and coffee all morning. Thanks for having us Belsize Park – see you for lunch soon.
We’re very excited to be collaborating with the brilliant Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery this summer. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, each GAIL’s will be showcasing artwork from a different Hossack artist for three months, starting in June. With our history of hosting cafes at the Frieze Art Fair and the Serpentine Gallery, our foot in the art world is leaving a firm imprint! The artists to feature include Laura Jordan, Peter Clark and Rob Tucker, to name but a few.
To see even more details on the collaboration, visit our dedicated microsite – RHGAIL’s.
We’ve made up a commemorative tote bag, and visitors to each bakery will receive an art map of London showing the artists at each bakery. For the dedicated – the first ten to visit all of the bakeries will win the prize of dinner for two at GAIL’s Kitchen, and a limited edition print from the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.
GAIL’s Kitchen are delighted to be participating in this year’s Soho Food Feast on Sunday 9th June. Last year GAIL’s Bakery had a great time & so the mantle has been passed on; rumour has it we’ll have a mini ice cream sandwich…
This year the event runs over two days, and we’ll be there on Sunday 9th June, along with Barrafina, Quo Vadis & Rochelle Canteen to name but a few. Tickets cost £15 for one day or £20 for both, & are available here.
The Food Feast raises money for Soho Parish School, the only school in Soho. Last year we raised nearly £35,000 for the school – this year we all hope to better it!
We know full well that there’s folks outside of London crying out for great bread – and as local bakeries in the UK have diminished from 18,000 to about 3,500 in the past sixty years, it’s not as easy as it used to be to find a great loaf. With Ocado on our side we’re happy to be able to deliver to any home around the country, and just this week they have added two new loaves to their GAIL’s range. We’re baking plenty more American pumpernickel (chock-full of molasses, seeds, rye flour and a touch of cocoa powder for a chocolatey hint) and our sour cherry & currant sourdough – which we’re making in a tin-shape for Ocado for ease of sandwich making!
It might sound a strange combination but we’re big fans of the sour cherry & currant sourdough with butter and Marmite – give it a shot.
Spring is here, as the charming Tom Lehrer oft sings, and with it our new salads. While sweet potato, chorizo & quinoa have kept us going throughout this long winter, head chef Roy has been buried away imagining sunnier climes – and from tomorrow, 17 April, his range of six new salads will be ready for you to enjoy in all of the bakeries. Choose from a selection including Ortiz tuna, butter beans & spring onions with dill & lemon, roast chicken & toasted Fregola with lemon, thyme & Kalamata olives, and Alejandro chorizo, red rice, black bean & toasted sweetcorn. Now we just need that sunshine to stick around…let us know what you think.