As much as we love Northern life and the brilliant independent businesses Manchester has to offer, we sometimes can’t help admiring enviously at some of the delights that get to call London their home. Pick us, please. One spot that is a bit of a big deal in the capital is Gail’s Bakery, and word on the street is the much-loved bakery could be venturing up north for the very first time to open a branch in Manchester.
With 79 bakeries in London, Oxford, Brighton and beyond, it’s about time the well-known lunch spot made its mark in Manchester. Having submitted a planning application, Gail’s Bakery, which was established in 2005, could be joining other London businesses like MNKY HSE, The Vurger Co, China White and Mahiki who have branches in the city.
The bakery known for their fancy loaves of bread, maple bacon brioche and afternoon tea treats has submitted plans to fit out a new site on Manchester’s King Street in the former White Stuff unit to transform it into a café, however the application is pending consideration. Should the application be approved, this means Mancs will be able to feast on a seasonal menu of soups with freshly baked sourdough, sandwiches and sweet treats.
Gail’s “believe in making good bread” and “insist on the finest ingredients” to make freshly baked, lovingly crafted loaves, pastries, cakes, breakfasts and lunches. Gail’s even offers a ‘waste not’ range which consists of a seasonal selection made with ingredients like off-cuts and wonky fruit that might otherwise be wasted. Almond croissants, ham and cheese croissants and chocolate babka are just some of the treats on offer in the range. Plus, they even have their own house blend of coffee beans to help you wash down those artisan sourdough rolls.
The potential site on King Street, not far from Deansgate, will see the bakery join the likes of Franco Manco, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala and soon to be opened Petit Paris Deli, another space that will specialise in baked goods and Parisian influenced deli items. Gail’s is yet to announce a confirmed opening date for the Manchester bakery as the café is still pending approval, however be sure to keep your eyes on Gail’s Instagram for any further updates.