doughnuts we’re into in brighton & hove
Incredibly, National Doughnut Week really is a thing and it starts this Saturday 12th May. And, here at the seaside, we have our fair share of the sweet circles of joy. We’ve picked some of the city’s favourites for you to enjoy this week and well, any day you fancy, really. In our book, most weeks are doughnut weeks!
It’s Friday I’m in love
A tray of magic lands on The Flour Pot Bakery counter every Friday and wow, is it good. If you find yourself in there for a coffee then you’ll struggle to avoid the doughnuts’ lascivious winks as you sip your flat white. Flavours change with the seasons, but you’ll never be disappointed. We’ve tried a fair few including Black Forest Gateau and Classic Raspberry Jam (a traditional beauty if ever we saw one), but our favourite is probably the Salted Caramel and Honeycomb. For obvious reasons.
Doughnuts available on Fridays, from £2.50
Various locations in Brighton & Hove, including 40 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
It’s good to be a Dum Dum
You’ll find the Dum Dum Donutterie dudes on Brighton Square in the Lanes, where they are busy making the world’s first artisan baked (not fried!) doughnuts and croissant doughnuts. They are made with only natural ingredients, but this (you’ll be pleased to know) does not compromise the flavour or deliciousness in any way. Promise! Prices start at as little as £1.50 for a baked mini doughnut and they offer a 25% discount to NUS Extra Students and 20% off for NHS staff. We like this a lot. From Crême Brûlée to Strawberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam, it might take you a while to choose your favourite.
Dum Dum Donutterie Brighton, 10 Brighton Square, Brighton BN1 1HD
Best of British
Last month, Foodhaven Bakery won Best British Loaf AND Best British Sourdough in the British Baker Awards, which is pretty big news for Sussex. The Newhaven-based independent bakery celebrated by launching the first ‘Sourdoughnut’ – a sugar-dusted filled bread/doughnut hybrid – in the South, asking the public to vote for their favourite flavours, which include Rockin’ Rhubarb, Chill Jam Slam and Crunchy Peanut Butter – we’d happily taste-test them all. You’ll find their buns at Bake-Out Cafés in Hove, Southwick, Hassocks and Lewes, as well as their Rustik Café & Bar in Hove. Dough-nut miss out!
Bake-Out Hove, 1 The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JE
Now, the guys at Glazed really know how to make a vegan doughnut or ten. Never compromising on taste (and never dry), you’ll find them next to The Level and they’re well worth a visit. Flavours change regularly, but you can expect the likes of Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Snoconut, Biscoff and Coffee & Walnut, to name just a few. Their doughnuts are also available at other spots in the city, including The Joker, hiSbe, Café Plenty and The Plant Room.
Glazed, 25 Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 4SB
Up, up and away
Ok, so it’s not edible, but it’s still one of the city’s most impressive doughnuts, so we had to include it. Climb aboard and you’ll glide up to 450ft to take in 360-degree panoramic views of Brighton and the south coast. And, boy, is it beautiful. Just make sure you go up on a clear day to make the most of it. It’s the perfect place to view the Art+Believe Sky Gallery, too, so keep your eyes peeled to see how they’ve Brighton-ed up the skies! Treat yourself to resident membership if you’re local (it’s only £1 for the year) and you’ll be able to take flight for just £8.25.
Adult tickets from £8.25
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
Photo credits: Dum Dum Donutterie (feature photo); Lawrence Thomas (It’s Friday I’m in love); British Airways i360 (Up, up and away)