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Those in the know will be well aware that July 10th marks the start of National Doughnut Week in the UK. Whether you like to keep it simple with a sticky jam filling or you’re all about those decadent toppings, it’s undeniable that these soft and fluffy morsels are truly delicious.
This particular sweet treat has made a huge comeback in recent years, and you’ll find loads of locations across the North of England and Scotland where you can get your doughnut fix. From doughnut connoisseurs to coffee shops which also whip up a wonderful selection to pair with your cappuccino, here’s a selection of our favourite doughnut spots.
Address: 53 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LS
Nestled in the popular Northern Quarter is this cool café which also doubles up as one of the best places to buy doughnuts in Manchester. Siop Shop sells both vegan and non-vegan treats, with a range of varieties to suit every kind of craving.
This Manchester favourite is particularly well-known for their creative flavour combos, from coconut and caramel to poppy seed and lemon curd. There are also several more classic options up for grabs – think strawberry jam fillings and simple glazes with just a dash of sprinkles.
Fancy a drink with your doughnut? Order up a rich coffee – either iced or hot – and choose from the café’s amazing selection of freshly ground coffees sourced from around the globe.
Address: 148b Cardigan Rd, Burley, Leeds LS6 1LU / 66 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6PQ
If you live in the Burley area of Leeds (or you’re planning a visit to nearby Kirkstall Abbey) make sure you put Dukes Donuts & Coffee on your agenda. The Leeds doughnut shop has been around for several years and is the go-to for doughy desserts.
Dukes’ is known for creating huge, delicious doughnuts. Popular picks include the shop’s Lotus Biscoff doughnut, the Brownie Deluxe and the Peanut Butter Jelly. And if you need even more decadence in your life, you could order an ice cream sundae featuring plenty of cream, fresh fruit and syrup.
And Dukes recently opened a smaller branch in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Find it on New Briggate, just round the corner from The Merrion Centre. You can also arrange delivery or collection if you’re ordering up a big batch of doughnuts as a gift.
Address: 191 Great Junction St, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ
With its charming Scottish name, you can expect big things from this Edinburgh-based doughnut shop. You’ll find it on Great Junction Street in Leith and it prides itself on using all-natural ingredients when creating its scrumptious homemade doughnuts.
The Kilted Donut has a rotating selection of doughnuts for sale every week, with staple flavours including jam, vanilla and cinnamon sugar. More outlandish options include pecan pie, cannoli, espresso and cranachan – a Scottish dessert that blends meringue, raspberries and oats with a dash of whisky. You could even go for a savoury doughnut like Fiery Cheetos which is topped with Scotch bonnet sauce and crushed Cheetos!
Visit The Kilted Donut in person or pre-order a selection of your favourite doughnuts online. You can then either collect them at a time that suits you or have them delivered to your door if you’re in the local area.
Address: 19 Coast Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7RN
If vegan doughnuts are more your vibe, this Newcastle venue should be right up your street. It’s located on the eastern edge of Jesmond and all of its tasty treats are completely plant based.
As well as classic glazed doughnuts in vibrant colours, you’ll also find a huge range of flavoured options with yummy cream fillings. Tempt your tastebuds with a Lotus biscuit doughnut or go for something fruitier like sumptuous strawberry shortcake or yuzu matcha. Glazed Handmade Donuts also sell delicious coffee with a choice of plant milks, making it a great place for both a sugar and a caffeine fix if you’re vegan. Or even if you’re not.
Address: 46 Bridgewater St, Liverpool L1 0AY / 97 Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 2DD
While this Liverpool bakery doesn’t exclusively make doughnuts – its main specialty is actually homemade sourdough – it still always has a lovely selection of them to choose from.
Baltic Bakehouse sticks to a fairly traditional recipe, selling sugar dusted doughnuts with a range of different cream fillings. Look forward to soft and fluffy homemade doughnuts filled with blackberry cream, vanilla custard, raspberry jam or chocolate ganache.
Head to the original Baltic Bakehouse in the Baltic Triangle or venture out to the shop’s Allerton venue. In a hurry? Order what you want online and then pick up from either location.
Salivating at the thought of all those tasty doughnut options across the North of England and Scotland? Remember to follow the current COVID-19 government guidelines on travel. If you can, try to travel during off peak times and buy tickets in advance to book a seat. And remember, when you’re ready to get going, we’re here for you.