After word gradually bubbling on the street like a sourdough starter of a the much-loved bakery from London set to arrive in the North West, Gail’s has finally confirmed that it will be opening its first branch in Wilmslow. The brand’s first neighbourhood bakery in the North West is set to open on February 16, with further locations in the region being announced, includes the highly-anticipated Manchester location as well as one on Shaw’s Road in Altrincham expected to open later in the year.
The opening of Gail’s bakeries in the region reinforces its long-standing ties to the area following The Bread Factory, Gail’s sister-brand and wholesale bakery, opening their Manchester bakery in Openshaw in 2017. It has since supplied high quality, artisan breads to some of the region’s top local restaurants.
With 79 bakeries in London, Oxford, Brighton and beyond, the well-known lunch spot, which was established in 2005, will be making its mark in the North with the opening of its Wilmslow site and further bakeries to follow. The new bakeries will serve Gail’s artisan sourdough breads, pastries, sandwiches, and cakes alongside its specialty house blend coffee.
Gail’s is committed to improving the end-to-end food system and is also passionate about reducing waste and sourcing sustainably. The critically acclaimed Waste Not range of bread, pantry and pastry products are produced by incorporating by-product ingredients from food making processes, like off-cuts from dough and yesterday’s bread. Plus, a newly established partnership with FareShare and Manchester based EatWellMCR will allow the distribution of any surplus food to those in the region who need it most in Wilmslow and surrounding neighbourhoods.
The bakery known for their fancy loaves of bread, maple bacon brioche and afternoon tea treats submitted plans in September 2022 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 still 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, but until the possible arrival of Gail’s bakery it’s a 35-minute drive to the quaint Cheshire market town of Wilmslow.
In 2022, Gail’s was awarded fourteen Great Taste Awards by the Guild of Fine Foods, the most respected accreditation scheme for artisan and specialty food. Gail’s Wilmslow will be open from Thursday 16th February at 7am and the bakery will then be open daily from 7am-7pm.