Following the success of its artisan bakery and café chain, Gail’s has launched its first restaurant proper – an all-day venue done out in soft grey tones, serving eclectic snacks and small plates as well as its much-vaunted breads and pastries. Located alongside the reception area of Bloomsbury’s myhotel, it’s not only a handy drop-in for guests but is also pitched at the local passing trade, with a dozen barstools overlooking the open kitchen. Bread naturally underpins much of the menu, from Taleggio and truffle-cream toasties to satisfyingly rich smoked mackerel rillettes served with wafer-thin slices of toasted rye, but also expect meatier dishes such as slow-cooked oxtail with baked ratte potato. Prices are a touch high, but don’t leave without trying the show-stealing desserts – gooey chocolate-chip cookies straight from the oven, for example. There’s a branch of Gail’s Bakery next door.
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