No-nonsense donuts and North Star coffee await at the city’s latest donut shop.
Doh’hut is a back-to-basics donut shop from Tom Stafford, a life-long donut lover and self-taught baker who wanted to turn his sweet-tooth into a business. The focus here is on simple yet delicious donuts and boy do they deliver. They only use the highest quality ingredients and make everything from scratch daily. In fact, it’s not unusual for the team to be up bright and early at 5.30am to start the day’s baking.
Stafford has had a taste for donuts since he was a kid. But it was only after travelling the world and experiencing the vibrant food truck scene in America that he decided to set up his own baking business. He spent a whole summer perfecting his donut recipe, then hit the road with his food truck. It’s come a long way since then. His little truck has parked up at Eat North, School Diner and Roundhay Food Festival, it even won a British Street Food Award, and now he’s found a permanent home on Trevelyan Square.
His new shop is just a stone’s throw from the station, an ideal spot for grabbing a coffee and a donut on the way into work. Inside, the decor is simple with clean white walls and hanging filament light bulbs. A large counter stretches across most of the space, and behind it you can see the bakers at work, whipping up their signature sweet treats. It’s a compact venue, with just one table and a handful of high stools to perch on, but somehow, it feels quite homely.
All of their donuts are handmade using flour from Shipton Mill. They’re fried until they’re golden, rolled in sugar and stuffed with your choice of filling. There are four different types to choose from – raspberry jam, creme patisserie, chocolate ganache or their ever-changing weekly special. You can even go all out and build your own donut, loading on an array of sauces and toppings.
But if you want the advice of a verified donut expert, there’s only one way to go. “My number one is the original donut straight up,” he told us. “Minutes out of the fryer, it’s the perfect donut. So if you get your timing right and you come in basically bang on 11 o’clock, you’ll get a donut straight out the fryer. It’s £2 and it’ll be the best donut you’ve ever had.”
Donuts might be what they’re known for, but Doh’hut’s baguettes are well worth checking out. The bread is freshly baked each morning, using special baguette flour imported from France. They only make 50 loaves a day, so make sure you get down early to snaffle one for lunch. They have five straightforward, but irresistibly tasty, options for you to choose from, like the roast chicken salad and the tomato and mozzarella.
“The ham and cheese sandwich is a classic, but we absolutely nailed it. The bread’s perfect, the ham’s fantastic, the cheese is great and we’ve got Yorkshire salted butter too,” Stafford told us. “We’re getting ham from Lishman’s in Ilkley, it’s the best cured ham you’ll ever have. We get our cheese from a company called Harvey & Brockless, it’s Wensleydale for the ham and cheese, which is really nice.”
No donut shop would be complete without great coffee and Doh’hut’s comes courtesy of local favourites North Star. They’ve got an expert barista behind the espresso machine, who’ll whip you up anything from an americano to a cortado. You can also get a mug of Yorkshire tea or try one of their loose-leaf herbal teas from Stir & Slip. Their cold drinks are just as good, with freshly-squeezed orange juice and homemade lemonade.
Doh’hut is a no-nonsense, straightforward donut shop that does simple food and drinks exceptionally well. A freshly-made baguette, an oozing donut and a piping-hot brew sounds like the perfect lunch, so why not stop by?
Doh’hut, 2 Trevelyan Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6ED. It’s open from 8.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday.Cover image credit: © Copyright Leeds-List 2020 by Emma Cooke