Bread Ahead, WC2H 9DA
Small bakery, just north of Seven Dials in Covent Garden, opened in October 2016. The company (overseen by a former Head Baker at St John) also has a regular stall at Borough Market and offers baking classes.
As well as bread, the shop sells doughnuts, pastries, brownies and coffees/soft drinks. There is a bench inside for waiting customers, but no real table-and-chair seating.
Kat visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in October 2016. There was no queue but a couple of other customers arrived while I was there. A pesto and tomato ciabatta-style bread (£2.50) was a decent size for lunch, but disappointingly oily and chewy. There weren't any other obvious savoury lunch options, though apparently they plan to do brioche sandwiches in the near future. A chocolate brownie (£2.50) was much more enjoyable — a good size and almost fudge-like in texture.
Accessibility: One low step to get in, then level once inside. No customer toilets.
Kat's verdict: Sweets more successful than savoury, but I'll come back and try the sandwiches once they arrive.