National Doughnut Week (May 9–16) is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to kick your doughnut game up a notch. We’re embracing the seven-day festival of sugar highs and stroppy, sloth-like lows, and have compiled our fave spots in London to scoff doughnuts in style.
At this west London newcomer, they controversially serve savoury doughnuts filled with spiced curry. Everything about this seems fundamentally wrong, but they’re actually delicious. Well worth the visit to Ealing Broadway.
Riffing off NYC’s Momofuku’s malty cereal milk flavours, Bao presents their dessert buns on the menu at their first permanent restaurant. They’re made with doughnut batter and filled with Horlicks ice-cream.
St John Bakery Rooms
The doughnut savants at St John bakery quietly launched a restaurant under Bermondsey’s railway arches recently and now you can get one of their fried delights to eat with a lovely glass of wine.
Flesh & Buns
Oozing black sugar custard is the speciality at Flesh & Buns. It’s from the team behind Bone Daddies, and you can expect kinako doughnuts made with roasted soya bean flour and unusual fillings.
Ben’s House in Clapton celebrates small, high-quality producers. Lucky for us then that Crosstown Doughnuts in Clapham makes it onto their esteemed list. You can get one to takeaway, but we’d rather stay in.
If Stroud Green’s Season Kitchen is to be celebrated, then the rhubarb and custard doughnuts are to be rejoiced over. When we visited, they generously shared their bread recipe with us. Here’s hoping they’ll be doing the same with their doughnut mix soon.
With an experimental menu, the team behind Vanilla Black casually pose the question: why should a doughnut be a solid entity? Meet the liquid doughnut. They’re known for their investigations into quite how good vegetarian food can be, so expect your doughnut to arrive in a very different format.
Ceviche Old Street
This East End newcomer is larger than its Soho sister branch, meaning all the more room for you to spread out after having scoffed their delicious pumpkin doughnuts and cinnamon ice-cream.
Head to nationaldoughnutweek.org to check out the official London participants including Dunn’s Bakery, Kistrucks Bakery and Cavan Bakeries.