I’d take doughnuts over roses any day and that is why yesterday we went on a doughnut date. Venture into Soho to find Crosstown’s flagship doughnut and coffee bar and expect to find fancy doughnuts with eye-catching toppings and decadent fillings. During our visit there was a constant flow of customers treating themselves, but if you’re lucky enough to pop in at a quiet moment grab a seat at the cosy bar and settle in to doughnut heaven.
All of the unique, gourmet doughnuts are freshly handmade every day using natural ingredients, so you can expect daily variations and tonnes of toppings. As long as you have a sweet tooth, there is something for everyone.
Be prepared to drool over the sweet treats on offer. There is far more than your traditional iced ring and it’s tough to decide which one to have. In the end, after some helpful direction from the lovely server, we settled on a glorious selection: Vanilla Custard Creme Brûlée (the shiniest doughnut ever invented), Chocolate Truffle, Tongan Vanilla Bean Glaze, Seven Berry and a Single Series Chocolate. By far my favourite was the truffle, it was so gooey and extra chocolatey.
Crosstown pride themselves on using only the best, locally sourced ingredients to make their doughnuts. On top of this, all of the compotes, jams, glazes, toppings and fillings are homemade too. The sourdough enhanced texture makes these doughnuts something very special. All were seriously yum and each doughnut somehow manages to be the right amount of light, fluffy and crisp. Sweet, but not too sweet and just su-bloody-perb.
There are mini dough bites too, yes smaller, but no less delicious and super cute. To drink there is artisan coffee supplied by Assembly, organic raw fresh juices from Hackney based Crude juice and natural chai tea all the way from Melbourne.
It is official, the humble doughnut is a thing of the past. I have been converted. Keep an eye out for Crosstown doughnut bars at all the great food markets across London and treat yourself.