Doh’hut have mastered donuts, now they’re shifting to slinging super sandwiches at Things in Bread.
Once upon a time, when Doh’hut first opened, they used to do sandwiches. But the popularity of their epic donuts – they’ve won awards don’t you know – meant they were put on the backburner while the masses queued up for their balls of sweet perfection. That was until now, because they’ve opened up their very own dedicated sandwich shop on Boar Lane – introducing Things in Bread, where they ‘take something familiar and make it better’.
“We found that at Doh’hut we sort of got known as a cult donut place, so we decided to hold the sandwiches,” owner Tom Stafford told us. “And you know, really, we thought that if we’re going to do sandwiches again, we would do it properly. And that kind of led us into here. This unit came available which is literally next door to Doh’hut. And for me it’s a good opportunity just to do something properly.”
That unit they’re in couldn’t have worked out better. It’s the former Nicholas Deakins shop, which is, in fact, connected to Doh’hut with its own ‘secret tunnel’, as Tom called it. The prep space downstairs is shared between the two venues and staff can jump between both with ease. They’ve taken the time to put their mark on the place too, while keeping things simple – the raw wood and glass counter is off-set with neutral tiles and industrial fixtures and fittings.
But the food is the focus, so what can you look forward to gorging on? Well, they’re open from 8am for breakfast and the offering is straight to the point. You can get a simple bacon or sausage sarnie for £4, while The Full Breaky brings together those two staples with free-range omelette and American cheese for £5.50. It’s proper stuff too. Their pork is sourced from Lishman’s, while they do a veggie sausage version made using Richmond’s meat-free bangers.
Come lunch, the options open up even further. The thinking behind their sarnie combinations is to do the classics, but do them better than you’ll usually find in your daily meal deal malaise. We’re talking free-range egg with a garden cress mix, Lishman’s cured ham with cheddar and a Club Triple, which provides the perfect medley of turkey, provolone, Lishman’s bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo. No sandwich costs more than £7, with prices starting from £4.50.
But the magic doesn’t stop with your filling. The beauty of Things in Bread is that they’re dough-masters extraordinaire. They make their own shokupan milk loaf fresh each day and the quality is of the highest importance. So much so, that if the bread doesn’t meet their exacting standards, they’ll close for the day rather than running off to the supermarket. The bread is crisp on the outside, fluffy inside and with a sweet taste that sets Things in Bread apart.
Round off your lunch with a bag of crisps – again, it’s quality from Pipers – the chorizo are worth writing home about. And no sandwich, whether at breakfast or lunch, is complete without a cuppa, so their coffee comes in filter form, using beans sourced from the caffeine captains at North Star. It’s more evidence of the simple approach of Things in Bread that aims to provide quality breakfast and lunchtime bites, made using quality produce. You can’t ask for much more.
Things in Bread, 15 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6EN. Open from 8am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2022 by Ellie Hodgson.