A Definitive Guide to Glasgow’s Best Doughnuts

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should), you’ll know that recently I’ve been on the hunt for Glasgow’s best doughnuts. It all started fairly simply: I was really craving a doughnut, and I was trying to think of where to go to get a decent one, and I thought “hey, why not put Glasgow’s finest to the test?”

Doughnuts

I kept the criteria fairly simple: the shop had to be a Glasgow business, so don’t expect to see big companies like Krispy Kreme or Tim Hortons on the list! Outside of this, the doughnuts were judged on three things: flavours available, the quality of the fillings/toppings, the quality of the dough and the cost, all scored out of five. I went to seven different shops in total and let me tell you, it was a pretty special week. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy stuffing their face with doughnuts every day?!

I’ve ranked the doughnuts from best to worse, see if you agree… (remember though, this is just my opinion, don’t @ me cause I don’t love Tantrum as much as the rest of Glasgow seems to!)

7. Celino’s

Celino's Doughnuts

I wasn’t 100% sure Celino’s did doughnuts, but I popped in one afternoon to get some of their delicious n’duja when I noticed a cake stand full of bombolone, or Italian filled doughnuts. In terms of flavour options, there were only three to choose from: pistachio, custard or chocolate hazelnut, although plain sugared ring doughnuts were also an option! These were, unfortunately, quite disappointing. The dough was quite dry and the initial flavour on tasting was more of the ham and cheese that were in the deli rather than the custard I had chosen…which was a bit strange. At £1.95 a doughnut they weren’t the most expensive, but they were pretty lacklustre.

  • Flavour options: 2/5
  • Filling: 2/5
  • Dough: 2/5
  • Value for money: 3/5

Total score: 9

6. Tantrum Doughnuts

Tantrum Doughnuts

I know, I know, second last place seems ridiculous for what seem to be the most popular doughnuts in Glasgow, but I’m afraid there are better options out there. It just seems to me that their dough is more bread-like. I like my doughnuts to have soft dough inside, which Tantrum just don’t have. In terms of their flavour options, there are plenty delicious options to choose from, and I can’t deny that the quality of the fillings are always top notch, but they wouldn’t be my first choice. I opted for the creme brulee, and I have to admit the creme patisserie filling is spot on. I also decided to try the new lemon cheesecake flavour, which actually had a very sharp lemon curd filling. Again, it was tasty, but the dough lets them down. The doughnuts at Tantrum can set you back anywhere between £1.90 and £2.35, so they’re not cheap either! I know a lot of people love them, but they’re not for me.

  • Flavour options: 4/5
  • Filling: 4/5
  • Dough: 1/5
  • Value for money: 2/5

Total score: 11

5. Seb & Mili

Seb & Mili Doughnuts

I love Seb & Mili, it has delicious sandwiches, freshly baked bread and cakes and, shockingly, doughnuts! Their flavour selection is small but changes regularly. When I popped in, the selection included jam, salted caramel, custard and chocolate cream, as well as glazed ring doughnuts and yum yums. They are quite pricey at £2.00 each, but they are very tasty. I opted for the salted caramel, which was beautifully thick and sweet, although it could have done with a touch more salt. The dough was also lovely and soft, and topped with powdered sugar. The selection may be small but if you’re in Finnieston (and you’re not totally obsessed with Tantrum), give Seb & Mili ago!

  • Flavour options: 3/5
  • Filling: 4/5
  • Dough: 3/5
  • Value for money: 2/5

Total score: 12

4. Eusebi Deli

Eusebi Deli Doughnuts

Anyone who knows me (or has read my blog before) knows that Eusebi Deli is one of my favourite restaurants, so when I remembered they did doughnuts I was pretty excited to head down there. Like Celino’s, Eusebi Deli make bombolone, the Italian-style filled doughnuts, with flavours including pistachio, custard, chocolate, honeycomb, lemon curd and raspberry or strawberry jam. Naturally, me having my pistachio obsession, I opted for the pistachio. I would have tried more, but at £2.25 a pop they are at the more expensive end of the spectrum. The filling was delicious – a really lovely pistachio flavour and incredibly smooth. The dough looked like it was going to be overcooked based on the deep brown colour, but it was softer than it looked. I will pretty much always recommend Eusebi’s, and their doughnuts are no exception!

  • Flavour options: 4/5
  • Filling: 4/5
  • Dough: 3/5
  • Value for money: 2/5

Total score: 13

3. Hot Doughnut Ltd

Hot Doughnut Ltd

Now these guys are a serious find! Located on Dumbarton Road in Partick, they are not to be overlooked. The small shop is run by a Polish family and they have an incredibly extensive range of flavours including apple cinnamon, toffee, cherry, custard, peanut butter and jam, rose marmalade and, most importantly, CHEESECAKE. And when I say cheesecake, I don’t mean it had a biscuit topping and was filled with a cheesecake-flavoured cream, I mean it was literally filled with BAKED CHEESECAKE. I also got a raspberry jam for the husband, and that too was delicious, the jam some of the best I’ve tried, full of fruity flavour! All of the doughnuts are glazed, making them quite similar to Krispy Kreme, giving the dough a sweet and crisp exterior and soft dough inside. At just £1 per doughnut they are great value for money, honestly, they could steal the top spot, I mean from here the scores are pretty damn similar.

  • Flavour options: 5/5
  • Filling: 4/5
  • Dough: 3/5
  • Value for money: 5/5

Total score: 17

2. Kitty’s Doughnuts

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Available at Grain and Grind every Saturday and Sunday, I was so damn eager to try these bad boys after drooling over them on Instagram. The flavour options are probably some of the most exciting, with things like Eton mess, caramel custard and honeycomb, lemon meringue, white chocolate and raspberry, cherry and mascarpone and chocolate and hazelnut. I mean, don’t they all sound epic? The price of the doughnuts is pretty high, it’s around £2.20 per doughnut, or £11 for six. I bought these doughnuts right at the start of my hunt, and in my greed I opted for both the Eton mess and the chocolate and hazelnut. The chocolate and hazelnut was almost identical to Nutella, so if it’s not the real thing it’s a very impressive substitute, but the Eton mess was even better, strawberry cream and little bits of meringue, ugh, delicious. The dough too was lovely and soft, but had that crispness on the outside. If you want to get your hands on these though, you’d best go sooner rather than later as they tend to sell out fast.

  • Flavour options: 5/5
  • Filling: 5/5
  • Dough: 5/5
  • Value for money: 3/5

Total score: 18

1. Nics NYC Deli

Nics NYC Deli Doughnuts

To be honest, I am not in any way surprised that Nic’s NYC Deli got the top spot. I’ve always loved them and the vast amount of flavours they offer, from chocolate orange to peanut butter cup. On the day I visited they had a brand new flavour that the staff were simply raving about: Biscoff and salted caramel. The great thing about these doughnuts as well is that they are great value for money, at around £1.75 for money (I know Hot Doughnut Ltd are even less, but I’m happy to pay the extra for the quality), and they have what can only be described as the softest, most moreish dough. The biscoff and caramel filling was absolutely delicious, Sam and I were seriously fighting over this one, although at the same time he rates Morrison’s 50p jam doughnuts more highly than anything else!

  • Flavour options: 5/5
  • Filling: 5/5
  • Dough: 5/5
  • Value for money: 5/5

Total score: a perfect 20!

Do you agree? Let me know! Which ones are your favourite?

 

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