Friends from down South have always found it quite hard to believe that we don't have Krispy Kreme counters/shops up North. Until about two years ago, the closest place for me to get these amazing doughnuts was Selfridges in Manchester, which is about a 3 hour drive for me! 
Then one of the service stations near Leeds got a little Krispy Kreme counter inside the WHSmith, which made it about a 2 hour drive... still a long way to go for a doughnut (even though they are worth a bit of a trek!)

A couple of weeks ago however, the most amazing thing happened… Krispy Kreme opened a huge new Hotlight store with donut factory and drive thru, next to the Metro Center in Gateshead!! I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening night, and I was seriously impressed with how big the shop is! It's incredible! 
I'm so excited that I now only have to travel 40 minutes to get myself a box of doughnut goodness!

So if you're ever shopping in the Metro Center, don't forget to pop into Krispy Kreme before you go home (you'll probably find me in there!)
I can definitely recommend you try the new flavours Chocolate Praline Fudge Cake and Salted Caramel (YUM!)

I was lucky enough to come away with a box of doughnuts and a swanky Krispy Kreme keyring and I even managed to get myself papped by the local radio station.

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