World famous fast food chain Tim Hortons is finally coming to London and Londoners are already super excited about it. The Canadian restaurant announced last week that it would open its first London branch at Royale Leisure Park in Acton.
The news has already made waves across the capital, with people living on opposite ends of London now vowing to make their pilgrimages there when the branch finally opens this summer. But one thing that many London foodies may not be aware of is that Tim Hortons has already been on the doorstep of London for some time and they don’t have to travel far to catch a glimpse of it before their launch in London.
I traveled to Harlow, an Essex suburban town just 20 minutes from London on the Greater Anglia rail service, to check out a Tim Hortons restaurant that has been camped outside the capital for a just under a year now, and I’ve come back with a warning – we’re all about to get really fat!
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The restaurant is in a shopping park just off the A414 and appears on the horizon like a giant Disneyland for donuts. The restaurant, of course, offers a wide range of fast food, including burgers, wraps and fried chicken dishes, as well as milkshakes, soft drinks and coffees, but it’s really the donuts that make the restaurant famous worldwide. .
Wasting no time, I went straight for a box of Delicious Deluxe Donuts for £10.99. The box usually includes six donuts – Chocolate, Maple and Caramel Brownie, Caramel Apple Donut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake Made with Oreo, and Salted Caramel Honeycomb.
Unfortunately, I arrived at the restaurant after a group of police left after their mid-afternoon break. The last of the chocolate brownies, caramel apple donuts, Oreo-based chocolate cake and salted caramel honeycomb donuts had already been gobbled up. Instead, my box was restocked with a regular apple donut, Honey Cruller, Boston cream, and maple caramel donut, while the store manager also threw a donut at the old Glaze for free as an apology.
Eating all those donuts by myself would almost certainly have been a death wish, so to lessen my chances of needing bypass surgery after my feast, I had to share the donuts with my family while cutting off a small piece of each one.
Each donut was truly as delicious as the next, but based on my personal taste preferences, I’d say I enjoyed the apple donut the most. But of course, for a real Canadian experience, I would recommend the maple and caramel donut or the maple and caramel donut. They’re both pretty much the same except the first has fudge on top and the second doesn’t.
As I snacked, I couldn’t help but think about how Londoners have no idea what’s going to hit them when Tim Hortons finally opens in the capital. Tim Hortons has been present in the UK since 2017 and is now present in 51 locations across the country. They also have over 5,000 branches in 13 countries around the world, but very few people in London have heard of them.
One thing I can say is that Londoners are about to get a lesson in what real donuts are, and anyone in London trying to diet is going to have a real test of willpower, because Tim Hortons is coming and they are in no mood to take prisoners. My advice to Londoners is to get there early, resistance is futile.
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