Deep-fried, delicious balls of dough, ring-shaped or stuffed with jam or custard, glazed or dusted liberally with crunchy sugar – doughnuts are the perfect sweet treat.
To celebrate National Doughnut Week, we’ve picked five of our favourite places to indulge in some of the finest doughnuts in London.
From caramel custard with salted honeycomb to gooey Oreo doughnuts, and from rhubarb crumble to savoury spicy ox cheek fillings, there’s something for everyone in our top picks. Mmm doughnuts…
St John were one of the first to bring ‘posh’ doughnuts to the capital several years ago, and arguably they are still the best. Jam doughnuts are filled with St John’s own jams, with various fillings throughout the year according to seasonality – Raspberry, Rhubarb, Peach, Strawberry, Apricots and more. Custard doughnuts are filled with a delightful, light mix of crème patissiere and Chantilly cream, a recipe honed to perfection over the years. Sometimes jam and custard are combined to create Rhubarb and Custard or Salted Caramel Custard doughnuts. It’s like they heard your prayers.
Available every day from Bread & Wine, Monday to Friday from St John Smithfield, and from the St John Druid St bakery every Saturday and Sunday morning, as well as from Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason – stjohngroup.uk.com
Head to Borough Market for Justin Gellatly’s famed doughnuts on the Bread Ahead stall, delivered warm from their ovens just around the corner. Expect golden, pillowy balls of dough filled with mouthwatering custardy concoctions such as vanilla and honeycomb, chocolate and caramel, hazelnut and almond praline, caramel custard with salted honeycomb, or a delightful classic vanilla custard for doughnut purists. More unusual creations involve bay leaf custard or orange and cardamom custard, the latter created just for Doughnut Week – if you miss them you can have a go at making your own.
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If you’re a fan of Oreos, then the fact that you can get them coated in dough and deep fried to a glorious golden brown will be welcome news. These doughnuts may be small, but they’re perfectly formed and deliciously indulgent. Filled with squidgy, gooey, chocolatey goodness, the Oreo doughnuts are served with a salted caramel dip. In case you didn’t think it could get any better. This is one fine mess you won’t mind getting into.
111 – 113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
134 – 146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
Glazed & Confused
For fresh, hand-crafted, yeast-raised gourmet doughnuts, head to the rather marvellously titled Glazed & Confused. Current doughnut varieties include sticky toffee pudding, cherry bakewell, rhubarb crumble (topped with crunchy homemade oat crumble), blueberry pie, ginger, and coffee, toffee & nut. They’re available at several independent central London coffee shops (check their website for details) and also, rather dangerously, can be delivered to your door.
Duck & Waffle
For an inventive, savoury take on the doughnut, head 40 floors up to Duck & Waffle in the City. Their spicy ox cheek doughnut, with apricot jam on the side and smoked paprika sugar, is available all day from brunch right through until 5am on the late night menu, so you can get your fix any time. At £10 this is by far the most expensive doughnut on our list, but it’s a beautiful thing. The view from the 40th floor is pretty special, too.
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY – duckandwaffle.com
Main image – Bread Ahead