The new branch of the popular cafe and bakery Gail’s plans to open its doors in Broad Street for business next Thursday, (30th) Teddington Town can exclusively reveal today.
Work has continued around the clock to prepare swiftly for the opening of the new site, which was briefly occupied by Planet Organic before it went into administration.
A note on their website says: “We will open our neighbourhood bakery in Teddington on 30th November 2023. Serving GAIL’s artisan sourdough breads, pastries, sandwiches, and cakes alongside our specialty House Blend coffee.”
A spokesperson told: TT: “Thank you for your patience. We are happy to confirm that we look forward to welcoming you all at the bakery next Thursday, November 30th.”
Opening hours will be 7am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and 8am until 6pm on Sundays.
The famous cafe has already established 100 shops mostly in London but including Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston and has attracted a mixed reception because of the many smaller cafes and bakery already in the area.
We first revealed plans for the new Gail’s on October 3rd when distinctive signage was first seen outside the premises saying: “HELLO TEDDINGTON. WE’LL BE BAKING HERE SOON.”
There is also a QR code offering ” A LITTLE TREAT ON US” and urging passers-by to download the Gail’s loyalty app and get a free drink.
The shop is also likely to offer job opportunities with another sign asking: “ARE YOU THE MISSING INGREDIENT? JOIN OUR TEAM.” An email address says: “jobs.gailsbread.co.uk.”
Gail’s has become famous for its bread, pastries and cakes as well as lunches and breakfasts and will bring new competition to established Teddington businesses like Cafe Nero, Woof Cafe, Costa Coffee, Cafe Mimmo and the popular Gosia’s Cafe and Deli in Broad Street as well as Cafe Benedict, Parsnips, The Coffee Mill, Local Hero, Islay, Starbucks and the Fallow Deer and Girasole in the High Street.
Their website states: “We believe in making good bread. As we’ve grown, so has our menu and our community, yet our values have stayed the same.
“We take the time to make our bread, pastries, cakes, breakfasts and lunches as we always have – with care, by hand and according to the season – so that we don’t need to compromise on what we eat, whether we’re on the go, or taking time out in one of our bakeries.
“Everyone is welcome in our bakeries. We believe in the power of community, in helping those around us and living as sustainably as possible.
“We insist on the finest ingredients, supporting small businesses wherever we can, and though we’re always innovating, our baking is based on time-honoured techniques and our decades-old starters.
“Nothing gives us as much pleasure as a freshly baked, lovingly crafted loaf.
“We bake by hand with natural ingredients, and whilst we are ordinary people, we want to make extraordinary things. We want to play our part to bring humanity back into the food world, and back to local communities. We can’t imagine doing anything more gratifying than baking our, and your, bread.”