I do love doughnuts, but apparently not as much as my boyfriend who seems to be the final decision maker. We both love Toms Big Eats and have cross referenced our doughnut decisions with some of his to give you the line up below.
London has some serious game when it comes to doughnuts and I am willing to be the great person to eat many different kinds and compare them all for you.. I’m nice like that. If you’re not from London then I suggest you book a ticket down here and get yourself around all these places and try them all out.. I’ll give you my ratings on my favourite doughnuts, the standard is high. Let me know your verdict.
1. Bread Ahead: Vanilla Cream.
The dough, the texture, it is unbelievable quite frankly. Find these guys at Borough Market with many contenders like their chocolate hazelnut filling, their Christmas special of gingerbread cream filling had my mouth watering. The vanilla cream however is no ordinary custard doughnut, it would be impossible not to enjoy in my opinion.
2. Dominique Ansel London: CRONUT.
It is not a doughnut, but near enough and too good to not put in here. Obviously it depends on exactly what cronut you end up getting as they only release one option per month. For those of you uneducated folks, a cronut is a mix between a doughnut and a croissant and when it is done right the texture is and taste together will blow your mind.
They have had some incredible recipes. The white peach and raspberry filled with a creamy white peach ganache had a creamy, fragrant yet fruity taste. They also did a hazelnut milk chocolate and english rose jam mix which tickled my fancy. That sugary coating you cannot fault.
Be sure to pre order on their website for one of their cronuts as they sell out daily.
3. Crosstown: Sea salt caramel banana
Crosstown change their doughnuts seasonally and have a big selection to choose from. The peanut butter and jam is a good take on a classic taste combination. The fresh banana custard filling encased in light and fluffy chocolate sourdough topped off with a swirl of sea salt caramel and a home-made chocolate soil is my kind of doughnut though. The chocolate truffle was close in the rankings however the banana took the lead for me. They have smashed the spongy dough filling with the gooey centre and a little crunch on the top – perfection.
4. Flesh and Buns: Kinako Doughnuts
An unexpected contender after ordering these for dessert after an incredible meal. Covered in cinnamon sugar, these small little mouthfuls of joy with black sugar custard filling blew me away. This almost had a caramel taste. If you could buy these by the bag I would buy these to satisfy my inner obese on the daily. Doughnut bite with a coffee? Winner.
5. Dum Dum Doughnuts: Cinnamon Glazed
For the basics out there – you can never go wrong with the classic glazed doughnut lets be honest. Dum dums sometimes overdo the toppings and flavours of their doughnuts.. sometimes too decadent looking to eat. They however still produce some damn fine doughnuts and this has to be my fave.
6. Doughnut Time: Crème Brulee
I first tried these guys in Australia and was so happy when I found out they were coming to the UK. They regularly change their doughnut menu however keep some main popular choices like the The Nutella filled classic. I loved this in Australia however when trying this in the UK the Nutella was hard and did not have that ooze appeal like you see in all the photos – huge let down. The crème brulee however is a keen favourite of mine. Mainly down to the liquid centre but hard crunchy toffee drizzles on top, so good. Make sure you try the ‘It’s always gay time’ – milk chocolate glaze, crushed biscuits, golden caramelised crepes and filled with honeycomb custard.. great, just so great.
7. Happy Donuts: ..hard to pin point an exact favourite
Does not look like much of a place from the outside especially for Notting hill however the menu can’t not impress you. They have 3 stand out favourites for me. The peanut butter custard doughnut filled with peanut butter custard, peanut butter icing, and roasted peanut nibs on top. Another ring leader is the bakewell filled with almond and raspberry jam custard, vanilla icing and a cherry on top. They also do a rhubarb and vanilla… so hard to decide! Find these guys on Portobello road. All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly made on the day.
8. You Doughnut (Salted Caramel Pecan)
Hot mini doughnuts served with various different toppings and sauces as well as optional ice cream. Dunkin doughnuts x10 in taste with cinnamon sugar, pecans and dribbling in salted caramel. Yum.
9. BIRD: Maple topped iced doughnut
Ever walked on by BIRD thinking it was just an average chicken shop? Yup me too, however they have a hatch that serves doughnuts and if you aren’t too late you can get yourself a maple iced one which will rock your world. Fluffy and crispy and has that old school doughnut taste that you can’t help but love.
10. Blues Kitchen: Oreo filled doughnuts
Wow these are so indulgent but so damn good. Ever had a deep fried mars bar or snickers? Think deep fried oreo, melty, gooey creamy goodness. Bite size portions so you can consume a whole batch instead of just the one.
11. Unnamed amazing doughnut from Portobello market.
Remember when you were a kid and you got the pink iced ring doughnuts from the supermarket or the bakery with sprinkles on top? Think this but bigger and better. Find these on the market in Portobello market and re live your childish dreams.
Top 10 became top 11.. oops.