Bread Ahead - CLOSED

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Bread Ahead - CLOSED

A Covent Garden bakery from the famous Borough Market stall.

Please note, Bread Ahead Seven Dials has now closed. Time Out Food editors, November 2017.

Bread Ahead is bona-fide baking royalty: not only is founder and head chef Justin Gellaty ex-St John, he also did the sourdough for Kate and Wills’ wedding.

The secret to its success lies in keeping things simple. Famous for dishing out the best doughnuts in town from its original Borough Market stall, the vibe at this, Bread Ahead’s second permanent branch, is of a proper, no-frills British bakery: just a few bench seats looking out on to Seven Dials, gleaming countertops, and lots of shiny extractor fans funnelling steam from the in-house kitchen downstairs.

The way they bake in that kitchen is old school. Dubbed ‘pillows of joy’ by the owners (forgive them, they actually are), each batch of signature ‘deep-fill’ doughnuts is fermented for 24 hours to achieve peak springiness, before being piped by hand, and dunked into a rather retro fryer. The lemon curd number – fresh and sweet, with real pieces of zest – is wonderful, but the prize for sheer decadence has to go to the Velvet Chocolate: dotted with cocoa nibs and literally bursting with silky, moussey cream, this is one of the best £2.50s you’ll ever spend. Seriously.

There’s more than just sweet stuff on offer. Of an array of savoury pimped-out breads, the cheese and ham croissant was a highlight. Filled with béchamel sauce and thin-cut ham, these babies are sprinkled with cheddar and baked twice to create a flaky, cheesy, melt-in-the mouth masterpiece.

It’s not all perfect – a slice of focaccia was underwhelming and tad dry, and the service was a bit slapdash – but the care that goes into crafting each bake is undeniable. Get down ASAP for a slice of the action.

By: Kitty Drake


Venue name: Bread Ahead - CLOSED
Address: 1a Monmouth Street
Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
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Lovely bakery near Shaftesbury Avenue. Quite pricey but well worth it. Very bright and cool interior, the perfect pitstop. Great flavour options and the doughnuts are always super fresh. You can buy a box of 6 which is displayed nicely and perfect for a last minute gift. 


Even though it's a little pricey it's definitely the best bakery in London. They make focaccia that even Italians praise, an excellent selection of sourdough breads, amazing rye bread and last but not least mouth-watering doughnuts. A lot has been written and said about Bread Aheads doughnuts, but they are simply the best. Nothing less than five stars! 

The probably best doughnuts in the world. YES THEY ARE!!! I love them, I love them so much that I actually took a box home to Germany before christmas. You can get them easily through security check in your hands or even on the belt. The cream is not counting as liquid and your friends and family abroad will love you forever!

Any flavour of their freshly made doughnuts is a hit. So just buy all or try yourselves through all their flavours from time to time. At Borough market you have other great food stands, which are the best from Wednesday till Sunday. And to be honest, isn't there always some space for a dessert? 


The infamous bread ahead doughnuts are notorious in these parts of town! And rightly so! They truly do taste sublime !!! I'm trying to figure out what the secret is here ... Is it the fillings? Or the texture of that deliciously melt in your mouth doughnut???

Either way I highly recommend them! Sweet tooth or not you'll want to thank me! Some of the best treats London has to offer

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I am devastated that Bread Ahead opened across the road from the office. Their doughnuts are so delicious and messy that it's almost obscene. The dough isn't too sweet and their filling is plentiful and surprisingly subtle.  I'm pleased I don't walk past to get to work otherwise I'd be poor and diabetic in no time. I'd highly recommend the honeycomb doughnut.