10 things you didn’t know about Beigel Bake

It’s one of East London’s best loved institutions; the 24/7 Jewish bakery on Brick Lane. The moist salt beef, carved as you wait is legendary - but there’s a lot more you may not know about the famous Beigel Bake.

  1. Up to 7,000 beigels are produced every day.
  2. The beigels are boiled before being baked to give them that distinctive chewiness.
  3. The word ‘Bagel’ is often seen as an Americanisation — beigel is the original Yiddish word possibly stemming from the German “buegel”.
  4. The bags are supplied by Gardners Bags, established in 1870, it’s Spitalfields’ oldest family business.
  5. The Kray Twins, Molly Parkin, Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) and James May are among a host of former celebrity customers.

6. It was founded within the Jewish community who arrived in Spitalfields in the late 19th century. The community has mainly moved to North London but Beigel Bake remains.

7. Often considered the oldest beigel shop in London —although contentious as the Beigel Shop next door claims to have been founded in 1855.

8. The beigels used to be entirely made by hand until machinery was introduced.

9. The shop never closes — not even on Christmas day.

10. Beigel Bake was the first of two restaurants on the Feast delivery service and remains one of the most popular choices on the platform to this day.