Artist in Residence: Natalie Nigro

Our Abbeville Road bakery is now exhibiting works by the Danish artist Natalie Nigro.

Pop in for a coffee and see the wonderful paintings by the artist. Her work is informed by her own life and experiences: song lyrics, poems, literature and even snapshots of conversation.


We asked Natalie a few questions to celebrate the launch of the pop-up exhibition:

1. What is your favourite thing about mornings?
Big breakfast in bed, followed by a walk in the park with my puppy Alfie.

2. How do you take your coffee?
Black, strong and no sugar.

3. What does the smell of bread remind you of?
Copenhagen. I used to live above a bakery, it’s the best smell in the world!


For more information please contact the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

Artist in Residence: Daisy Millner

Our Northcote Road bakery has a new artist in residence; the South London artist, Daisy Millner. To celebrate the launch of the pop-up exhibition, we asked the still life and landscape artist a few questions about herself:

1. What is your favourite thing about mornings?
The hopeful feeling of setting up for a new day!

2. How do you take your coffee?
I like my coffee strong and milky, and very hot.

3. What does the smell of bread remind you of?
The smell of bread reminds me of my Danish housemate at the Glasgow School or Art, who used to make it at 5am before a run.


For more information, please contact the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. 


We are collaborating with eco pop-up, Canteen No.4, to create The Waste Series at our Bloomsbury bakery on 11th – 12th April.

With sustainability at their core, Canteen No.4 is a London based eco pop-up that aims to collaborate with emerging creatives and artisans to cast light on environmental issues within the food chain.

On the theme of waste, this April, Canteen No.4 will be creating a four course meal, shared around one table. The menu will be created using surplus food from our bakeries and suppliers, accompanied by discussions on the subject of waste from the producers. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to a London based food waste charity to help tackle the on going fight against food waste in the city.

To book, visit the Canteen No.4 website



Meet Adriana, our Senior Baker in Queen’s Park. We asked her our Baker’s Dozen of questions to find out more about her day that starts long before the sun rises.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
3:40am every morning as my shift starts at 5:00am.

2. How do you take your coffee?
Double espresso with a glass of hot water and lemon.

3. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Blueberry yogurt with granola.

4. How long have you been working for GAIL’s?
I started on 8th December 2014 and have been working in Queen’s Park since then.

5. What’s the first food you remember loving as a child?
Homemade pancakes with chocolate.

6. Have you ever baked bread? How did that go?
Yes I have, I bake a traditional version of the GAIL’s Barnes Sandwich Loaf.

7. What does the smell of freshly baked bread remind you of?
Childhood weekends at my grandparents’ house.

8. What do you spread on your toast?
Butter and raspberry jam.

9. What is the best part of your day?
Lunch time when I can challenge myself with a busy service.

10. What’s in your ultimate sandwich?
Mozzarella, pesto, rocket and tomato on freshly baked sourdough ciabatta.

11. If we could give you a lifetime supply of anything from GAIL’s, what would that be?
Either the mixed olive sourdough or the granola bar.

12. Our bread is made with three primary ingredients. Four if you include time. What are the main ingredients in your life and work, concrete or abstract?
Discipline, perseverance and hard work.

13. What would you do for a living, if not this?
I would make a good nurse.

Artist in Residence: Allyson Reynolds

Join us for a coffee and view the works of the Brisbane artist, Allyson Reynolds, in our Exmouth Market bakery.

To mark the opening of the pop-up exhibition, we spoke to Allyson about her mornings (in Australia) and the smell of freshly baked bread:

1. What is your favourite thing about mornings?
I love observing dappled shadows of trees stretched across dewy grass. Perfect cobwebs.  A walk to the creek with energetic dog friends, and the exciting possibility of a platypus sighting!

2. How do you take your coffee?
I take my coffee with friends and in a reusable cup!

3. What does the smell of bread remind you of?
Holidays, happiness and belonging!


For more information, please contact the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

Our New Filter Coffee is Brewing

We’re launching our new filter coffee, Dutezimberikawa from Union Hand Roasted, in selected bakeries this Thursday 8th March. It’s a beautifully bright and juicy coffee with notes of red berries, tangerine and a candy-like sweetness.

Dutezimberikawa is a co-operative in Burundi made up of 716 smallholder farmers in the province of Kayanza. Farmers deliver their coffee cherries in baskets to a central washing station daily. This lot is a selection of coffee cherries delivered to the co-operative on the same day.

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world but specialty coffee has the potential to increase the income of the farmers so they can re-invest in their businesses and provide for their families.

Find Dutezimberikawa Filter Coffee at Neo Bankside, Queens Park, Notting Hill, Wanstead, Putney, Dulwich, Richmond, Exmouth Market and South Kensington.