I had been dying to try this place ever since I found out it was coming to Leeds. Living at the other side of town, I didn’t even care that it was a 25 minute drive away, I was just so excited! I arrive an hour before closing time on a Saturday to find that all the donuts are sold out. Sad times. I tried again the following Saturday at 1.30pm, sold out of all but one flavour donut. I wanted the full experience so I decided to leave it this time and return when there was more choice. Fast forward another week and I’m in! Got there at 11.30am and there was plenty of stock to choose from. The place was heaving though and people were sitting outside despite it being absolutely freezing. We were incredibly lucky and as we were ordering a sofa became available and the friendly man behind the counter spotted this and pointed it out to us before we missed out.
It was really hard choosing a donut as there were so many exciting looking colours and flavours including vegan and gluten free donuts. I went for a chocolate orange donut and it was huge! I ordered a donut each for my husband and I, a Chai latte for me and cappucino for him and the bill came to over £12!!! for coffee and donuts! The donuts alone were £3.50 each! After taking our drinks order we were told that our drinks will be brought over for us so we took our seats on the sofa. The venue is really cool and has a garage kind of vibe. It’s a really unique and trendy layout but it was absolutely freezing! The donuts were big and we wanted to enjoy our coffee with the donuts so we ate slowly while we waited for our drinks. We waited, and waited, and waited. We watched loads of drinks being taken away from the counter, each time wishing it was ours. I was getting to the point where I thought I might have to cancel the drinks and leave but as I took the last bite of my donut, the drinks arrived.
My Chai latte was disappointing. Apart from a sprinkling of spice on the top it was basically just warm milk. My husbands cappucino was lovely, perhaps a bit on the small side but came with a pretty design on the top which always pleases me. I have heard from lots of people that the coffee at Temple is excellent so I think I just mad ea bad choice. I’d like to go back and try some of the more colourful and unique flavours, however, I’d be tempted to take out as those seemed to get their drinks much quicker. I’m not fussed for the donuts, having tried them and speaking to others with a similar view, they donuts look a lot better than they are. It was only 11.30am and both myself and my husband thought they were stale.
It’s one of those places I reckon everyone should try if you can but I’m not sure I’d ever feel the need to return.
Atmosphere 8/10 (Might have been more like 9/10 if it was summer)