A vegan doughnut guide to London

A vegan doughnut guide to London
Yum. Yum. Yum. (Picture: Ruby’s/Sarka Babicka/ Crosstown/@jennifer.earle)

Doughnuts are great, aren’t they?

They’re like a hybrid of two of our favourite things – bread and cake.

However, once you turn vegan, your doughnut options decrease dramatically – you can’t just wander into Sainsbury’s and grab a pack anymore.

The thing is, regular doughnuts usually contain milk, butter and egg. And most places will follow that recipe.

But there are places who sell doughnuts for your people. You just have to know where to look.

If you live in London, here are some of your options below. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, these are just the ones we’ve got our gobs around.

Doughnut Time, £4-£4.50 per doughnut

Guide to vegan doughnuts
(Picture: Doughnut Time)

I didn’t tell anybody that any of the doughnuts I was giving them were vegan, until after they’d consumed them.

‘That would concern me if I was vegan,’ said one willing tester. ‘That doesn’t taste vegan at all.’

We had the Pump up the Jam flavour (jam, surprisingly) and the Cornelius Fudge (chocolate glazed with bits of brownie and toasted hazelnuts).

These doughnuts are pricey, but massive. General consensus is that half of a doughnut is enough, as they’re pretty dense as well as sickly.

In the name of research, I forced myself to eat a whole one, and I did feel like I was going to throw up afterwards – but isn’t that the price we pay for doughnuts?

Buy Doughnut Time goods at one of their locations in Shoreditch, Shaftesbury Avenue, Notting Hill and London City Airport.

Dough Society, £3-£3.50 per doughnut

Dough Society vegan doughnuts in Hackney
(Picture: Dough Society)

Well holy hell, guys. These are something quite magical.

What some vegan doughnuts are lacking is that delicious fried exterior and doughy interior – you know, like the classic Tesco 10 packs of old? *drools*

These guys sure know how to spin that fried goodness into a gourmet doughnut, with incredible flavour options like white choc caramel Boston cream, pecan praline, cookie dough, and lemon and lavender. We could go on. There are many. And they are all out of this world.

Grab a doughnut for £3-£3.50 (with discounts on half dozen boxes) at Dough Society’s newly-opened vegan coffee and doughnut shop in Hackney, on 11 Dispensary Lane, E8 1FT, just off Mare Street,

It’s a really nice space to go and chill with your pals or do a spot of work by yourself, so go get some of these in your gob. Your belly will thank you.

Genuinely salivating while writing this.

Co-op, 75p for five (15p per doughnut)

Co-op jam vegan doughnuts
(Picture: Co-op)

The positioning of the jam filling was spot-on but the custard positioning was off. And as the dough is a little dry (I kind of miss the days of greasy supermarket doughnuts – they’ve all got a bit too ‘healthy’ – it makes a big difference, even though the doughnut is small.

Not overly pleased with the doughnut to jam ratio, which is hard considering this is fairly small.

However, fantastic value for money.

Get them at your local Co-op.

Crosstown, £3.80 per doughnut

Crosstown vegan doughnuts
(Picture: Crosstown)

We tried the strawberry and elderflower, and chocolate truffle ones – these vegan sourdough doughnuts substitute egg and butter with chia seeds and coconut butter, and the choc truffle one uses oat milk and silken tofu in its topping and filling. Clever.

These guys were breadier than we expected and not like a regular doughnut (they’re pretty seedy), so if you like iced buns, these are the ones for you.

Nobody realised they were vegan, and an omnivore actually preferred them to the non-vegan Crosstown doughnuts we also had.

Available at all Crosstown Doughnut & Coffee bars each Fri-Sun, as well as the following markets: Spitalfields Market (Friday-Sunday), Broadway Market (Saturday), Kings Cross Real Food Market (Friday) and Leather Lane Market (Friday).

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Rubys, £2.80 per (full-size) doughnut

Ruby's vegan doughnuts
(Picture: Ruby’s/Sarka Babicka)

The day these came into the office was a really good day.

These are almost cake poppy in texture (in a good way, not a cheap cake pop way), and melt in your mouth. I don’t really have a sweet tooth but I developed one for these and ate more than I care to admit. I became really good friends with the cinnamon sugar ones.

Not only do they taste heavenly, but they look absolutely beautiful, each one decorated with edible flowers, nuts or swirled patterns.

Ruby’s also sell mini cupcakes and all of these would make great additions to a) your mouth and b) a vegan wedding’s catering list. Super cute.

Buy Rubys doughnuts at Greenwich market, every Saturday and Sunday. They also do delivery.

P.S. If you don’t live in London, we have it on good authority that Studio Raw in Liverpool make epic vegan doughnuts, as do Yes Doughnuts in Manchester.

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