A BAKERY is set to open in a former toilet block.

Justin Gourlay, whose brother Alastair founded the Real Patisserie, plans to launch the Open Bakery in the old loos in Queen’s Park, Brighton.

Baking brothers Justin and Alastair have worked together for 15 years but divided their brands with Justin running the Kemp Town Real Patisserie under the Open Bakery brand.

Justin said the new bakery in the park would prepare all its savouries and pastries on site in an open kitchen.

He said: “We are committed to high quality hand-made food, service excellence and staff wellbeing.

“Open Bakery is committed to sustainability using exclusively locally sourced fresh meat products, organic milk and organic eggs and milk in all our products. We have reduced plastic output to near zero, use a renewable energy supply as well as investing in renewable energy schemes.

“The Open Bakery Queen’s Park would prepare a selected range of our high-quality pastries and bread on site to service the Queen’s Park and Hanover area. The bakery would house a small bread and pastry oven and we would have a small terrace seating area on the decking.”

Open Bakery is a trading name of Real Patisserie, Kemp Town, and is majority owned and directed by Justin.

The company is now separate to Real Patisserie Ltd which is owned by Alastair.

The Open Bakery was started as a separate venture which made all products on site from scratch, rather than use supplies from the Real Patisserie’s central bakery near London Road.

It has applied for planning permission to change the use of the toilet block to a cafe and bakery.

If successful, it would trade from 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays and would employ one member of staff.

Alistair opened the Real Patisserie’s first shop in Trafalgar Street, Brighton, in 1997.

Two years later, due to growing demand for the bread and pastries, a wholesale bakery was opened near London Road.

In 2005, a second shop opened in Western Road, Hove, where customers could see the bakers at work through a glass partition.

In 2010, a third shop was opened in Kemp Town, this time a family partnership with Justin.

There are now also branches in Church Road, Hove, and the Open Market, Brighton.