The sun is shining, restrictions are lifting, and now it’s almost National Doughnut Week!
Yes, there is a question mark over the spelling (donut vs doughnut) but there is absolutely no question whatsoever on the taste, and how much Brits love these sugary round delights. Whether we pick up a bag fresh whilst having a blustery beach walk, fancy a couple as a hangover cure at our favourite festivals, or decide to have a ‘help yourself’ wall of them at your wedding, the doughnut is here to stay.
So, without further ado here is our round-up (sorry, doughnut puns coming in thick and fast!) of the best joints in Manchester to get yourself a sweet treat.
Relatively new to the Manchester bakery scene is Siop Shop, found on one of the coolest corners in the Northern Quarter. Selling themselves as a café, these guys are so much more than that and have some exciting, ambitious bakers behind them. With doughnut flavours like blood orange meringue, blueberry cheesecake and coconut caramel to tempt you as well as top-notch coffee too, why wouldn’t you swing by.
As the name suggests, Gooey’s got the goods and even better; if doughnuts aren’t your jam (again, apologies for the pun-filled post) then we suggest trying one of their city famous cookies, currently available for delivery! In terms of what doughnuts Gooey has to offer, the menu is a little more limited than some of their competitors. But don’t that dissuade you, these are well worth your time. We particularly love the Kinderella.
If you’re not feeling too adventurous and wanting a quick fix, then Dunkin is deffo your ideal donut joint. You may have sampled a Dunkin before, (let’s be honest, they’re everywhere) so if you’re looking to go with a safe bet, this world-famous brand has just opened up in Manchester on Deansgate. Selling freshly baked doughnuts on the daily, crème brulee and apple crumble are customer favourites. If you’re not hungry enough for a full donut try their glazed munchkins, the holes from the middle of the donut, which are great for sharing too.
We understand that some people aren’t a fan of a doughnut, so we’ve included a couple of options where you can get your hands on some other amazing baked goods, from Manchester’s finest independent bakeries. Companio has a bakery and shop on Radium Street in Ancoats, and dependent on when you visit, have gorgeous fresh sourdough loaves, speciality bread, pastries, savouries and viennoiserie on offer. They are total experts and it’s clear they love what they do. Check out their Instagram page to see some of their recent bakes.
If you’ve lived in Manchester a while you may have heard of Trove, as they have been baking in Manchester for over a decade. Their cafés are loved by all, as is the food they produce. The team often collaborate with other Manchester-based eateries for events, workshops, and supper clubs, and as a bonus, they even offer a weekly bread subscription (we’re definitely going to be signing up for this!). Sit inside one of the totally chill Trove cafés and enjoy organic seasonal fresh bread, pastries, and cakes, plus the odd brunch offering too.
We would love to see how you’re celebrating National Doughnut Week and any tasty goodies you pick up across the city. Or maybe you’re going full-on Paul Hollywood and attempting to make your own, either way, please share with us on our social channels.