‘Best fast food I’ve had in a while’: we sampled Tim Hortons menu ahead of Teesside Park opening

A global fast food chain is about to land on Teesside – and we got a taste of their new menu ahead of its launch.

After months of renovation work, Tim Hortons is set to open its Teesside Park branch on Monday on the site of the former Frankie and Benny’s. The restaurant, set to be the brand’s 55th in the UK, will serve everything from burgers and wraps to coffee and donuts.

We were lucky enough to sample some of the menu ahead of Monday’s launch and came away both full and extremely impressed with the sheer amount of tasty food on offer, especially the mouth-watering donuts.

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When I walked into Tim Hortons I was shocked at how much the place had been transformed. The restaurant was bright and filled with plenty of comfortable furniture, and is a bit of a cross between a standard take-out fast food restaurant and a cafe. However, I was quickly distracted by the main attraction – the menu.

One thing that I found quite impressive was the fact that the restaurant didn’t fry anything, and instead all the food was baked. This is a huge change from the majority of other fast food places on offer, which can get a little greasy at times.

On the recommendation of the staff, I decided to try Tim’s Crispy Chicken Stack, with lattice fries and a frozen lemon sorbet cooler to wash it all down. I then had to try some of the donuts, the main draw for me being the awesome maple and caramel.

Tim’s crispy chicken stack and lattice fries were amazing

I was blown away by the burger, which was piled high with chicken, cheese, lettuce and a hash brown too. It was easily one of the best fast food burgers I’ve had, as far as I can remember, and it was both fresh and tasty. The hash brown was also a solid touch. It also came at a price of £7.49, which was for the meal (chips, gravy and a small drink) with an option for an upgrade, such as bacon.

As for the maple and caramel donut, this is definitely one of the best I’ve tasted. The sauce inside and the fudge on top were amazing and the dough was soft and fresh. I found it very difficult to choose as all the donuts looked tasty, and I even noticed that customers could buy huge boxes of them to take home.

It was hard to resist trying a donut or two
It was hard to resist trying a donut or two

It was also very difficult to decide which one to choose – there were 18 different types of donuts and nine versions of “Timbits” mini bites, which tasted a bit like cake pops.

Personally, I’m not a coffee drinker, so I opted for a fruit cooler. There were lemon sorbet, tropical and cherry options to choose from. The lemon sorbet cooler is a great option for the summer – and was perfect during Friday’s heatwave – and I’m sure it will be a huge hit over the next few months.

The maple and caramel donut was drizzled with a lemon sorbet cooler
The maple and caramel donut was drizzled with a lemon sorbet cooler

Although I didn’t try any coffee, I was shown the huge range of different types including the ‘double double’ which is apparently world famous. It contains two sugars, two pumps of cream and filtered coffee, and is branded “Canada’s Favorite Coffee”.

For anyone wishing to drop by for breakfast, which is served between 6am and 11am, Tim Hortons is offering a £2.99 breakfast deal, which includes the main item (muffin, wrap or bagel) with a hash browns and any small hot drink or orange juice. Although I didn’t get a chance to try the breakfast, I’ll be sure to do so soon as it’s a bargain and you can even add any donut for £1 with it!

I left Tim Hortons feeling extremely satisfied with my meal. I expected it to be great – but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed all the food I tasted.

Without doubt, it was the best fast food I’ve had in a while. It definitely lives up to the hype, and on Monday you can see it for yourself.


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