All of my favourite foods are dough based; pretzels, bagels, bread but there is a special place in my heart for doughnuts. I love doughnuts, they’re my greatest vice and the last obstacle in my quest to being a (mostly) healthy human.
Although supermarket jam/custard doughnuts might satisfy a craving, the doughnuts that are my guiltiest pleasure are big, eccentrically flavoured and often frankly overpriced. Hence, they’re not a daily purchase for me. But when I’m in need of a pick me up, a celebratory snack or I just have a real craving I pick up an expensive, yet delicious doughnut.
That was a long ol’ preamble, but here are some of my favourite places to get doughnuts:
Upshot Espresso (Sheffield)
Upshot began my love affair with big boujee doughnuts. The Sheffield based coffee shop only serves doughnuts on a Friday and that made them feel even more special. My flatmate and I would spend our week looking forward to Doughnut Fridays. Upshot Espresso was minutes away from our student flat and their doughnuts were phenomenal and up there with one of the biggest things I miss from the Steel City. Upshot’s Doughnut Fridays were always exciting because the flavours were different every week. We’d wake up on a Friday morning and check Upshot’s Instagram story and Facebook page to see whether we fancied that Friday’s flavours. To be honest, 9 times out of 10 we definitely did and struggled to decide between flavours. Sometimes we’d get two different flavours and split them because neither of us could pick just one flavour. Definitely would drive four hours back up the M1 just for one of these delicious treats.
The Bread Ahead stall at Borough Market (London)
I’m very fortunate that I can walk to Borough Market. I have tried food from many of the stalls there, that’s a whole blog post in itself. However, I always find an excuse (and room) to stop at the Bread Ahead stall to pick up a doughnut from the Bread Ahead stall, they also have shops in Carnaby and Chelsea. There are normally around 3 flavours to choose from at the Borough stall, I am personally a big fan of their honeycomb doughnuts and if that’s a flavour you like I would definitely recommend it. It’s so good!
I will be the first to admit that my first trip to Doughnut Time was because I’d seen it all over Instagram. However, my many trips back since highlight just how good their doughnuts are. These are definitely the priciest of the doughnuts mentioned in this post. All the outlets I’ve visited have been holes in the wall and you have to time it right if you don’t want to have to queue for ages. The flavours are all whacky, the first one I tried was a quintessentially British one, which combined an earl grey glaze with the flavourings of a jammy dodger. I would definitely recommend trying a different flavour each time, as there are usually lots to choose from, often with names you feel a little silly ordering. They are also very big so I would only ever pick one up if you have a real appetite, definitely not a light after meal snack. The three I’ve visited are all close to stations; Victoria, Shoreditch and Soho.
Honourable mentions go to Krispy Kreme, Cross Town and Steam Yard.
Thanks for reading all about my love of doughnuts, and don(u)t come running to me when you’re addicted to!