About Us

Welcome to Gilda.

Gilda is an artisan bakery in rural Bishopsbourne, just outside Canterbury, proudly producing quality handmade sourdough, speciality breads, and pastries.

We believe in honest, quality ingredients, sourcing our organic flour from trusted suppliers and working alongside local and British producers to form the base of our products. As a specialist in sourdough, our bread is crafted with patience and love using time-tested techniques. 

Our bakery is housed in a beautiful converted farm building, where we invite customers to experience Gilda from every angle with our open-plan kitchen and retail space. Each member of the Gilda team brings a wealth of experience to the bakery. We all share a passion for what we do, and a lot of time, care, and love goes into every product we make.

As a proud supporter of Kent, we are humbled to supply many local restaurants with our baked goods, including The Bridge Arms, The Pig, Updown Farmhouse, The Tiger, Boys Hall, and more. But we still keep our feet firmly on the ground and every weekend can be found at Faversham Market, where we sell our signature bakes as well as partaking in other community events. 

For us, it’s about sharing our passion with others and if we can make someone smile that’s a job well done!

See what customers are saying

Simon Bucknall
Simon Bucknall
23 April 2024
The most amazing bakery, always something deliciously different and enticing. Always my first stop when I’m down from London.
Sally Sonnex
Sally Sonnex
22 April 2024
I recently did the beginner’s sourdough home-baking course and absolutely loved it. The teacher, Ben, is very knowledgable and happy to answer everyone’s questions. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. We made our own dough to take home and bake, shaped and baked a loaf to take with us (photo 2) and also learned how to use sourdough discard by making crackers with it. We also got to sample cookies made with discard as part of the plentiful snack offerings. We learned how to make our own sourdough pizzas for our dinner whilst our loaves baked (I made a white pizza). There were beautiful topping choices prepared for us to design the pizza of our choice. I baked my bread at home the next day using a cast iron casserole and have to say my family were impressed by the results (photo 3 & 4). My sourdough starter has been fed and I look forward to continuing my sourdough journey.
Paddy Warren
Paddy Warren
21 April 2024
Amazing bakery, with unreal sourdough!
James Clague
James Clague
21 April 2024
The best bakery ever!!
Richard Silcock
Richard Silcock
21 April 2024
Fantastic local artisan bakery, with a friendly team that always welcomes you through their door. The ever busy bakers are always happy to help and share their obvious passion for what they do. The wide selection of sourdoughs and pastries are amazing! even the humble croissants with their infinite buttery layers are phenomenal and the wild garlic sausage rolls…wow!
Joy H
Joy H
19 April 2024
Gilda Bakery is one of Kent's must visit places. The cinnamon buns are the absolute best! The honey custard tart was a delight and the croissants are always delicious. Roll on Christmas so I can have another Viennese whirl topped mince pie with homemade mincemeat. It really was the best mince pie I've ever eaten!
Jennifer Logan
Jennifer Logan
18 April 2024
the cruffins are really yummy especially the lemon meringue ones, also highly recommend the cinnamon buns and croissants, they’re probably the best you can get in kent! The bakers are lovely and the bakery has a really good vibe, it’s also a perfect spot for buying baked goods while on a dog walk🙌
George Craig
George Craig
11 April 2024
Incredible hidden gem! Stopped by for a coffee at the cafe next door and the smell immediately diverted my attention! Fantastic little snacks at a reasonable price in a lovely setting that can’t be missed! Definitely one to see.
Cristina Mate
Cristina Mate
11 April 2024
Amazing bread and seasonal pastries, love the cultured butter as well, well done!
Krystyna McCorkell
Krystyna McCorkell
10 April 2024
The best sourdough bread EVER!!! Better than my own I used to bake in the lockdown... And pastries delicious, too. Always friendly service.Such a pleasurable experience. Highly recommended!
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