The best buns in town

GAIL's hot cross buns won the Financial Times' taste test

Turning the pages of the Financial Times on Saturday, we were chuffed to discover our buns nestled in amongst the food pages – and rated as top in their taste test.

Come along to one of the bakeries and pick up your top tasting bun for a “devotional breakfast” – we’ll be baking them fresh every morning until Easter Monday.

Win an Easter hamper

Win granola from Good Housekeepin

When Good Housekeeping called us up and said, “hey, want to offer our readers an Easter hamper?” our first thought was – well, why not. Then they asked to interview co-founder Emma about starting the bakery, and everything came together. Take a look here to read Emma’s interview and for details on the competition. You’ll be in with a chance to win two packets of Garibaldi bunnies, seeded crackers, shortbread and chocolate sable biscuits as well as a loaf of potato & rosemary sourdough, four chocolate pecan brownies, a jar of strawberry jam and last but not least, a bag of granola. Delicious.

Jay Rayner reviews GAIL’s Kitchen

Jay Rayner reviews GAIL's Kitchen in the Observer

We were delighted last weekend to open up The Observer and discover that their food critic Jay Rayner had visited and enjoyed his trip to our new restaurant in Bloomsbury, GAIL’s Kitchen. Head chef James’s vegetable dishes took high acclaim with particular mention of the oven roasted squash, carrots, braised greens, raisins & pine nuts, and Jay also found himself quite the fan of his slow-braised ox tail – which we make by putting it in the bread oven when it’s turned off at night, the meat slow-cooking in the residual heat.

If you’ve not visited GAIL’s Kitchen yet, we’d love to see you there – come visit us just off Tottenham Court Road at 11-13 Bayley Street, London WC1B 3HD (click for map).

Introducing GAIL’s Kitchen

GAIL's Kitchen is the restaurant from GAIL's Bakery in Bloomsbury

Exciting news afoot – we’ve been busy. A few months ago we realised that we’d been making great food out of our bread for a long time, and we wanted to share some of our favourites with the world. So we’re very happy to tell you that GAIL’s Kitchen, our first restaurant, will be opening just next door to our Bloomsbury bakery, off the Tottenham Court Road, on Wednesday 21st November. It’s grown up, but still GAIL’s at heart – so you’ll find GAIL’s classics peppered across the menu, like our brioche in an ice cream sandwich, or San Francisco sourdough soldiers as well as ingredients from our same great suppliers. We’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner –have a look at some menus here – and you can already book online if you fancy joining us early on.

You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

GAIL’s Bloomsbury open now

GAIL's Bakery in Bloomsbury WC1

With the Garden Party just behind us it’s time to set our minds to the next thing – we’re very happy to be announcing our new bakery in Bloomsbury. Set on Bayley Street, just between Tottenham Court Road and beautiful Bedford Square, we’re slotting in with myhotel and collaborative workspace Central Working to provide our signature bread, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads and the rest to hotel residents, Central Working members and – of course – the many residents, students, workers and tourists of Bloomsbury.

Having opened on Tuesday 25th September, we’re looking forward to becoming Bloomsbury’s neighbourhood bakery – do pop in and say hello.