GAIL’s at London Coffee Festival

We’re excited to be returning to the London Coffee Festival from 12th –  15th April this year at the Old Truman Brewery. Find us at the La Marzocco True Artisan Café on Saturday 14 April from 10am – 1pm where we’ll be serving our signature drink, ‘Oh my Darling Clementine’ made from Single Origin coffee from Burundi, Rude Health Brown Rice Milk, clementines, chilli, date syrup, juniper berries and wild flower honey.

The Festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and more.


Half Dozen with 15Min Mom

Meet Kripa, our neighbour in St John’s Wood, mother of three and creator of @15min_mom. We chatted to Kripa about time-saving and toast early one winter morning.

1. How do you know GAIL’s?
It’s our family’s favourite local bakery.

2. What do you spread on your toast?
I love organic, full fat butter that melts all over. I also love homemade avocado salsa, but I must say the GAIL’s one is pretty good too.

3. How do you take your coffee?
Being from Portugal I am a natural fan of the espresso – however recently I favour a GAIL’s long black with oat milk.

4. If we could give you a lifetime supply of anything from GAIL’s, what would that be?
I would love to say the Sea Salt Caramel, Pecan & Banana Cake which is one of my top indulgences; however thinking of my bathroom scales, I should probably stick to the bread; the 100% Rye Sourdough or my favourite of all, the Mixed Olive Sourdough. 

5. Tell us all about 15 Minute Mom.
As a busy Mum of three adorable but demanding children, I need to manage my time well. I still wanted to cook good quality, healthy, fun meals as well as get the adult meal sorted, so I had to devise tricks and hacks in the kitchen to help me save time. My meals are done in 15 minutes from start to finish. I also blog about nutrition facts and give an Organic Chemist’s advice on understanding food labels, additives and chemicals present in processed foods. 15min Mom is great for any busy professional that wants to eat clean and not only parents.

6. If you have 15 minutes to cook breakfast, what do you rustle up?
My 15min spinach pancakes with garlic mushrooms and oozing spicy mozzarella.


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.