The upmarket bakery chain chaired by former Patisserie Valerie chief Luke Johnson has been forced to remove soufflés and quiches from its menu because of egg shortages.

Gail’s Bakery, which opened its 100th branch in November, is the latest chain to be hit by the fallout from avian flu.

Pub chain Wetherspoon was forced to take eggs off the menu last month amid a national shortage. Meanwhile, Lidl and Asda have rationed eggs in recent weeks.

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