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Gail's Bakery

#1,628 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Bloomsbury
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11 Bayley Street, London WC1B 3HD, England
+44 20 7323 9694
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Today
10:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 03:00
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went various Times to this place and i really love just to see the bread and the cakes how beautiful they are. You eat with your eyes at first!!!i went twice and i had the best chocolate i ever had in Richmond..it was dark dense intence and hot. The third time it was completly different: not hot enough (... More 

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Thank gelinda
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in here before going to London Bride Couture for wedding dress fitting - what a find - lovely home baked goods, relaxed atmosphere, fantastic coffee, clean tidy and staff friendly and helpful. Only down side is that I don't live anywhere close so can't make it a regular visit. All home cooked breads. pastries to buy looked amazing.

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Thank PippaJPJ
Hong Kong, China
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is truly a fantastic bakery! There are quite a few around London, and it's a must go for anyone. Everything that I've had is absolutely delicious! In the past (I don't know if they still have these) I had lamb and pine nut sausage rolls which were absolutely delicious. I've haven't tried much there, but I can confidently assume... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I'm usually really impressed with the Gail's bakeries and I frequently go to Gail's Bakery off Bedford Square for business meetings. Yesterday evening, I was surprised to see a mouse running around the bar area. The staff said they were going to call pest control straight away but the waiter seemed to know about the problem and wasn't that apologetic.

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Thank Josh G
Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Gail's is dangerous. It is warm, inviting, smells wonderful, looks amazing, tastes outstanding. All lethal qualities in a bakery. It's good thing I don't live in London. I popped into no less than three of their outlets during a week's visit. Despite it being a chain, it somehow retains a cozy, homemade feel. Their cinnamon buns are wonderfully crisp and... More 

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Thank thesnarkwasaboojum
London, United Kingdom
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110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Once Gail's expanded and became a chain I felt like I should like it less. But the quality is always so very very good! This one is just off Tottenham Court Road and appears to be part of a hotel. The coffee is excellent and the choice of pastries superb! I am a fast decision maker when it comes to... More 

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Thank BoutiqueAdventurer
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Average service, food that sounded great on the menu but was nothing special, came out undercooked, was sent back and can back over cooked. Coffee was disappointing and small.

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Thank JMR-32
London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I just went fo a a coffee and was disappointed. Coffee was weak and served in a takeaway cup. It's particularly annoying because I was in their Wardor Street branch last week and had great one served in a proper cup. Yucky coffee-never again will I put my foot there.

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Thank Dee W
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place used to be buzzing with a nice special lunch menu served with a great selection of Gails breads. It's now a pretty sad place with average food and very poor service. We asked for a bread basket and all waiters looked completely lost. It is a bakery but asking for bread seemed rather odd to them and we... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I went to Gails to treat myself to lunch on a cruddy day, and it was very busy with a long queue to the take away bar. I couldn't choose what I wanted until the last moment on the queue. I picked up a small brown paper bag, which I assumed meant that you pick what you like to put... More 

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GAILs_Bakery, Public Relations Manager at Gail's Bakery, responded to this review

I'm terribly sorry about the attitude displayed by our team. Could you possibly get in touch with us at breadheads@gailsbread.co.uk? We would like to discuss further. Thanks, Julia More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 43
Cuisine
Cafe, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Bayley Street, London WC1B 3HD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
  • Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7323 9694
Description
Our passion is turning great ingredients into fresh and exciting food. We serve delicious small plates, skillfully combining the unexpected. Perfect for exploring new flavours.

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