Whenever we hear about a new place, especially an international chain opening (yes P.F Changs I’m talking about you), my default thought is, I wonder whereabouts it is, in London. Because everyone knows, London gets everything first. No matter what it is (I guess it is the capital and all that). My husband always claims I have a serious Northern chip on the shoulder when it comes to London (well is it my fault everything so London-centric at times?/maybe he’s right…). So you could imagine my excitement when I realised, finally, the something is opening in the North of England, before the South. Okay, it’s no groundbreaking Michelin starred, halal restaurant, but it is a super famous coffee/doughnut chain in Canada/USA (yes I admit I googled this!).
Tim Hortons is the Mcdonalds of Canada. On every street corner, (a bit like Costa/Starbucks/ Pret around here) and a household name. Apparently, it doesn’t only taste excellent, it’s also quite affordable. What cheap and taste good? How often do we get something like that? It’s almost as exciting as when Krispy Kreme opened up (although all these sugary American chains really haven’t been kind to my waistline).
Unsure of what to order, I again googled the most popular drinks and food items available here. Something called the Double Double appeared everywhere (double the cream and sugar in a coffee) and did not sound that appealing. Instead another item which seemed to be highly rated, was the French Vanilla Coffee. I do have a preference for milky, sweet coffees (what? People actually drink black coffee with no sugar?!), so this milky creamy coffee, with vanilla, sounded like something I would enjoy. As for food items, I picked the Maple Dip Doughnut, Vanilla Sprinkle Doughnut, Blueberry Muffin and of course, the famous TimBits.
Firstly, when my order arrived (which was to go) my greedy brother (yes I have one of those) managed to get to it first. This meant he got his grubby paws all over my doughnuts, and bit into them BEFORE I got to take a picture. Seething at the fact that I would have to take pictures of half eaten doughnuts (this is what happens when you leave food in plain sight in front of siblings), I resigned myself to some quick low quality shots, and sat down to taste the coffee. The packaging was of standard quality, but to be honest it was more then I was expecting considering the chain is definitely cheaper then other coffee shops.
The French Vanilla Coffee, from the first sip, was pure perfection. It was sweet, silky, smooth and creamy (I wasn’t the only one who felt like this/ this coffee had my whole family captivated). I couldn’t quite identify the coffee flavour as it was quite light, but was just enough to give me my coffee fix. I can honestly say I have never tried a drink quite like it. My brain could not figure out what category it belonged to. Was it a coffee? Was it a sweet drink? Nevertheless, the drink was seriously addictive, and although I stopped drinking before I finished the cup (I still had doughnuts to eat) I can safely say, I will definitely order this again (thank you for not opening round the corner from me or I really would need to increase my workout frequency).
The Maple Dip Doughnut (because nothing says Canada like Maple Syrup right/ I have this secret love for Canada, I’m not sure why?) wasn’t overly sickly like I was expecting. It had a maple and deep toffee type taste which I really enjoyed. The inside of the doughnut was surprisingly fresh and soft and balanced the sweetness of the thick maple icing layered on top.
The Vanilla Sprinkle Doughnut was equally as good, but more photogenic (well it was until some greedy brother bit into it). The doughnuts were so soft and fresh, and they tasted fabulous. The sprinkles added a cute touch and lovely flavour. They complemented my French Vanilla perfectly.
Lastly, the TimBits lay forgotten, in their box. At this point I was too full to give a real review of the TimBits. I can say they looked quite cute and exciting to eat. As they’re the dough holes from the hole of the doughnut, they’re perfect to eat on the go, especially if you don’t want to eat a whole doughnut or want a variety of flavours.
On the whole, I have to say I was delightfully surprised at Tim Hortons. Let’s be honest here. A cup of French Vanilla Coffee (which is divine), costs half the amount of my regular Starbucks option. The doughnuts taste immensely fresh and different to your usual Krispy Kreme affair (they don’t seem heavy on the stomach and the centre is light and airy). For flavour and freshness of the coffee and doughnuts (factoring in the costs) 4.5/5 is an accurate reflection of how we felt when we tasted the food. Its, fresh, fast and cheap and we sincerely hope it stays that way. I look forward to Tim Hortons providing a new look on coffee and doughnuts (and fresh sandwiches) and hope to see it opening near me soon as it’s well worth an extra gym session! I will update the pictures when I have my (hopefully untouched) French Vanilla and doughnut next time.
Have you been to Tim Hortons before? What did you think? Feel free to comment below.