Brick Lane Beigel Bake
Time Out says
Open 24 hours, this East End institution serving freshly baked filled bagels has become the snack-stop of choice for clubbers, drinkers and taxi drivers.
What do we love most about this institution? Perhaps the brilliant moist salt beef, carved as you wait from a slab kept warm in the front window, or the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, or the bagels (boiled before being baked) these fillings go into.
Or could it be the 24-hour opening with hot bread pulled fresh from the ovens all night, or a Brick Lane location that makes this the snack stop of choice for clubbers, imbibers and taxi drivers?
Indulge in a piece of New York-style cheesecake or a super-sweet almond slice if you wish (ignore the pastry-heavy sausage rolls), but remember that the bagels are what have kept punters coming back since 1977. A narrow counter caters for eaters-in. And if there’s too long a queue, try the Beigel Shop two doors down – there isn’t really, truth be told, all that much difference between these longstanding Brick Lane rivals.
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There is a great film made a while ago about this London institutionhttps://vimeo.com/41279239
A bagel to fall to the ground! Really bring out tourist paths and go to this shop where the bread is delicious and bagels amazing. Your papillae will remember it for a very low price, excellent !
I visit the father in law in Bethel Green a few times a year or my wife visits without me and every time one of us is here we ALLWAYS visit this bakery for the salt beef bagels, I first had one when I was at a tattoo convention at the Truman brewery and was rather drunk on my way back to the old fellas flat and stumbled into the bakery as it was open at a late hour, I ate my bagel and raved to anyone who would listen how good they were, next morning when I woke up I wondered "was it just great drunk food or is it really as good as my hungover mind remembers" so I took a 15 minuet stroll back to the bakery and tried one for brunch and YES YES YES it was just as good 10 hours and less squiffily later.
Can't beat this place when it comes to BAGELS with any kinda filling and of course apple STRUDEL. I am not going to mention brilliant atmosphere and efficient ladies who serve in this shop. I wouldn't go anywhere else to have my snack except here! Brick Lane wouldn't be so cool if not for this place.
Forget kebabs and curries, if you're in the area and need filling grab a salt beef beigal from beigal bake. Great bagels, mounds of melt in your mouth beef and it's open 24hrs.
I spoke to this bakery on the phone, i found them very helpful, informative and most of all they had a loaf of bread available. Bob your my long lost soul mate.
This is the only beigel shop I go to so I'm going to say it is my favourite. A salt beef with pickle and mustard will sort you out whether you're drunk, hungover or just hungry. I can't visit without grabbing a half dozen plain ones to shove in the freezer as well . So cheap, so convenient and supporting the local community. What else could you want? You can also watch the master bakers in action out the back and they do a nice selection of naughty things. The cheesecake is especially worth a mention.
The Beigels are super fresh so it's worth noting that if you're buying in bulk either eat them within the day or freeze them.
I usually end up going to the yellow sign bagel shop bu the end of the road because this one has massive queues but this time I decided to check what the fuss is all about.
Really good bagels and the salt beef is yummy but to be fair I don't see much difference with the other one.
Regardless it's worth mentioning that this one seems to be the original or oldest one, so if you are looking for a bit of British history try this one, and if you want to avoid the queues go to the other one because the difference is very small ;-)
Five stars for quality and value for money! Brilliant place, unique in its own right and style! Big Thank you for the service its been providing for the local community and other worldly people.
Excellent beigels, but they disgustingly handle money, as they are preparing your beigel...with gloves on, permanently....everybody knows, nobody says anything and the staff is rude anyway. Hygiene inspection and induction needed asap. But yeah, excellent beigels...
The beigels are absolutely lovely. However, one tip for the shop. I purchased several beigels on Sunday. Among them was a smoked salmon and cream cheese beigel. This was not prepared as I waited but had been pre-prepared. This resulted in my daughter suffering extreme sickness due to food poisoning. The beigels containing somked salmon must be kept refrigerated until required. Fortunately after 3 extreme bouts of sickness she fully recovered. I think this would be most dangerous if it had happened to an elderly person.
This is one the places I do not miss out when in Brick Lane, even if not hungry I always stop and have a look inside, read the menu to order my FAVOURITE salt beef or cream cheese beigel. I would not debate how delicious it is because long line of people waiting for their beigel can prove that but this bakery have oldest tradition of an excellent service and reasonable prices that draws me to this magical place of true East End vibe! I love the way they run this place with a strong identity of quality customer service with a smile and hello and i always leave with a happy feeling. There is no bakery in London that beats this place and there is no day when in Brick Lane to miss a bite on my favourite beigel.
This Beigel Shop: My favourite "Restaurant", My drunken saviour, my "I cant afford any food but I will pay for them expensive vintage shoes" hero! Being a West Midlands Born and Bred gal I am always asked by friends back home "How can you afford to live in London?" Very simply I answer..."with a £1 Cream Cheese Beigel" Now this place may be slightly falling apart and may not be as sheek as the "BoxPark" down the road but this place is the heart of the East End. The place is a must in keeping the old cockney spirit alive: From the WW2 ruins, the street art, the rickety houses and the few original cockney's that you do bump into. Step into this place and you feel you are diving into history. I can even feel my Grandmother (a true born and bred cockney herself) stepping into this bakery. This Beigal shop is essential break from the hipsters and trendsetters that strut and pout down Brick Lane turning the street into yet another corporate take over (who allowed for "Joy" shop on Brick Lane!!) On top of your obvious Beigal's you have diet busting deserts: from fresh jam buiscuits, marble cake and RED VELVET (at a price of £1:20 its a bargain!) So where to eat these prizes? There isn't a place to sit, especially on a Sunday where it feels everyone in London is in one lane. So what I recommend is that you take your brown paper bagged beigel lunch down some street art back streets and find yourself sitting in the peaceful and beautiful "Arnold Circus" (I highly recommend you take ping pong ball and bat...you can guess why) and enjoy where the only thrift wearing species are the pigeons! May no corporate company buy this place on!
Every one should make the pilgrimage, we went from west London and were amazed and have been back with more of us for more bagels, croissants, apple strudel, cheese cake. I rate the hot salt beef in fresh bagels as tops! The queue speaks volumes. It was recommended by an insider and when we mentioned it they did not want to charge us! we had to insist on paying, excellent customer service & good will! Others should follow. We have informed all our Asian friends who head to Brick lane for a curry to change direction. Well done! keep the tradition going. Jeanne
I love this place and just wrote about it on my blog :) http://highteaandhighheels.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/beigel-bake-an-east-london-tradition/
Had to stop on our walk up brick lane for one think and one thing only...the salt beef. The look and feel of the place was something of tradition and long term standing on the street - that said, I was excited! The service could not be faulted depite the 30 large queue on a early Sunday evening, but i did remain disappointed. The beigel was amazing, soft, sweet and tasty, but the salt beef ended up back in the bag it was served in - fatty and chewy are the only things that come to mind at the moment. Its great if you really have a craving, but i'd rather I hadnt taken the plunge.
Without doubt the worst customer service I've received. Trading on an old reputation alone. Tasted far better beigels around London!
Who the hell wants a crunchy bagel?? They are how they should be - soft and chewy. Crunchy, then they are overcooked. The salt beef is sublime, but because the bagel is so good, any one will do. I also love their cream cheese packed with chives.
The Salt Beef Beigels are what the BB is known for and what they do best. Great Value for money and they taste amazing. I always want two! However, the other items available are not so great. I was really disappointed with the pastries. The prices on whole are very cheap so even if you buy something you don't like, you're not burning a hole in your pocket.
Fantastic, and oh-so-affordable. I had a Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Beigel today, and it was filled with tasty salmon -- not at all like what the other commenters have described.
I've moved out of London now, but still dream about hitting the bagel shop after a gig or a rehearsal or a night shift at the Bass Clef Club ..... the best oral sensory experience that is ever to be had. I just hope they are open on the 28th of Dec 'cos I'm gonna be hungry!
Simply the best beigel you'll ever sink your teeth into. It's not local to me, but if I have a hankering/need/want I don't mind the 80mile round trip. That says how good the Beigel Bake is. Don't be scared by the ladies behind the counter, they're GREAT!