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Gilberts Bakery Specialists

1155 London Road - Leigh on Sea - Essex - SS9 3JE
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Gilberts is a traditional family run bakery situated on the A13 London Road in Leigh on Sea, 3 miles outside of Southend.

A good baker these days is becoming increasingly difficult to find. If you have one in your Town, you really are lucky, as nothing tastes better than traditionally baked bread, cakes or pastries, cooked in small batches with the care and attention that larger ‘establishments’ seem to have left behind.

Gilberts has been owned by the Hill family for over 50 years. Charles Hill now runs the shop with the help of his wife Pat. Charles is the 6th generation of family bakers, and honed his skills as a young boy before graduating from the National Bakery School at Borough Polytechnic.

The small shop and bakery has a good selection of wonderful tasting freshly baked breads, rolls, baguettes, pastries, buns and delicious, light, fresh cream cakes – all hand made from scratch; using the finest of ingredients and traditional time intensive preparation methods to produce the finest results.

Among their specialities is yeast free white, wholemeal and cracked wheat breads, rye bread and spelt bread loaves. People travel for miles to buy these tasty speciality breads, which are also available frozen, so you can stock up if travelling a distance – it’s best to give the shop a quick call before travelling, to make sure they have exactly what you require in stock.

Mr Hill is also an accomplished pastry cook and freshly prepares wonderful light pastry in house. Not only can you buy freshly baked sweet and savoury filled pastries to eat now, you can also purchase a range of frozen fresh fruit tarts, classic favourites like profiteroles, treacle tarts and bread and butter pudding, or apple sponges and turnovers - all prepared for baking at home. You could even pass them off as your own and bask in the compliments – oh come on, we have all done it.

If you are planning to make a pie or tart of your own and do not want the lengthy and sometimes tricky job of making your own pastry, you can also buy professionally in house made puff or sweet short crust pastry to be served with a filling or topping of your choice. Having tasted some of the light and flaky savoury pastries sold at the shop, I would certainly recommend.

Our Summary
An excellent, family run bakery that uses traditional time intensive preparation methods and quality ingredients to produce superb breads, rolls, baguettes, pastries, buns and cakes. Speciality yeast free, spelt or rye loaves are available fresh or frozen. An extensive range of sweet and savoury pies, tarts, pizza bases, classic desserts and puff or sweet short crust pastry available frozen; to be baked at home. Friendly and attentive customer service. Highly recommended.

Fact File
Gilberts freshly prepare and bake all of their produce in house, only in exceptional circumstances is quality products brought in and baked in the premises.
Opening Times -
8am - 5pm
8.15am - 5pm
Produce Available -
Bread Loaves, Rolls & Baguettes
Fresh or Frozen Specialty Wheat &
Yeast Free Bread Loaves
Sweet or Savoury Pastries & Slices
Excellent Range of Fresh Cream
Cakes, Pastries & Sponges
Excellent Range of Frozen Ready
to Bake Produce incl:
- Fruit Tarts
- Syrup & Treacle Tarts
- Fruit Sponges & Turnovers
- Bread & Butter Pudding
- Profiteroles
- White or Wholemeal Pizza Bases
- Puff or Sweet Short crust Pastry
- Scones
- Patties & Sausage Rolls
Filled Rolls & Savoury Patties
Fresh Cream
Tiptree Jams, Spreads, Marmalade
& Honey.
Yeast Free Products:
As well as selling the yeast free loaves, Gilbert's have extended their range to produce yeast free vegetarian patties or turnovers and sausage rolls. You can also buy yeast free breadcrumbs for a quick and easy topping for a variety of dishes.
Christmas Specials:
At Christmas time, Gilbert's produce their own line of both sponge and rich fruit Christmas cakes, traditional Dundee cakes and Christmas Logs. Their short crust or puff pastry mince pies are made from scratch using their own rich mincemeat filling.
For a special and sumptuous treat, try their Christmas Pudding which has become renowned in the area; made to an old family recipe, dating back to the 1800's - the proof is certainly in the pudding and this one is sure to impress.
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Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
This is the place!!! Very rare find, I had forgotten what real bread tastes like, cakes are amazing and we should all get behind this business and give our support before it becomes a memory like so many others! 10 out of 10 for me!
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
Very professional and all first class products, perfect bread, excellent cakes, I am very impressed, Highly recommended.
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
I have been a customer of Gilberts for nearly forty years. I regularly enjoy their cracked wheat bread and can unreservedly recommend their Danish pastries and lardy cake. At Christmas time I indulge myself and relatives with their superb cream cakes and mince pies—not forgetting their yummy Christmas puddings.
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
The specialist bread that I need to have a normal diet is fantastic. The service I receive is quiet, calm, friendly and completely effecient. I started eating Mr Hill's bread over 10 years ago and still buy it even though we have now moved to Wiltshire. I have taken this bread abroad to several diffferent continents and it lasts extremely well.
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
I am lucky to live just around the corner from Gilberts so am able to enjoy their products most of the time. Their product range is extensive - real bread, cakes and gateaux. The staff are extremely friendly and always cheerful. Do give Gilberts a visit if passing, you will not be disappointed.
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
Friendly staff and the best 'proper' bread in town
Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
I have used Gilberts for many years. Now I am diabetic I have to watch my sugar intake and find their low sugar scones and sweet buns can satisfy my unfortunate sweet tooth without sending my count sky high. I always recieve very pleasant service and everyone is friendly.
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