What’s for Lunch? Pret a Manger

By tikichris Last edited 117 months ago
What’s for Lunch? Pret a Manger
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Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Pret a Manger

Throughout London (just look over your shoulder or click here)

0207 827 8888

Expect to Pay: Under £5

Rating: 7 out of 10

Yeah, we eat here too. Usually when there’s no other option or not enough time for more than a quick, mandatory refuelling. That said, the lunchtime edibles they offer are more than decent. Once, Londonist almost felt a mild craving for a Pret a Manger avocado wrap. Honestly, we’ve never eaten anything from Pret that was anywhere near awful. And those Pret people managing the cash registers and working the espresso makers, they’re a right efficient bunch. In closing, we would like to ask our readers to think about what your lunch options were in pre-Pret London and to contemplate a world in which Pret had never existed. Ready to eat?

Photography courtesy of " notcub's photostream on Flickr

Last Updated 04 December 2007

eas_e

Whilst agreeing with you, dear Londonist, that the labour at Pret is impressive and usually quite friendly despite the madly long queues, and that the business model is also equally impressive, having spawned a myriad similar shops, my feelings about Pret are better illustrated by the rubbish in the foreground of your photo...
If my only choice is Pret, I skip lunch.

tikichris

Not entirely true, eas e, as this Londonista can remember at least one occasion when you did the Pret. Of course, as I recollect, you weren't all that enthused about having to do so. Anyhoo, I thought you liked their coffee?

eas_e

I have eaten at Pret and have learned my lesson. I don't recall about their coffee. It may be good.

tikichris

I think you thought their cappuccino was marginally better than okay.

I agree with you about the spawn of similar shops. It's unfortunate.

tikichris

I think you thought their cappuccino was marginally better than okay.

I agree with you about the spawn of similar shops. It's an unfortunate blight upon our urban landscape.

Siany

I wish I didn't, but I really like Pret. Their ham and egg bloomers are yummy. As is their soup most of the time. And thier chocolate fridgecake...oooh and the cheesecake...

Handy little bugers too - always nearby which is great for popping to while I'm at work. It's not exactly gourmet but it does the job...

And not only are the staff efficient, they're realy bloody friendly as well...

tikichris

"I wish I didn't, but I really like Pret."

That's pretty much my take as well. And you're right, about Pret doing "the job."

Lindsey

I'm a Pret fan too. I love their white cappuccinos and the egg & tomato breakfast bloomers. The chocolate croissants are really naughtily choco too and if only the fruit salads weren't silly prices I'd be getting them everyday. Natch.

tikichris

Wow. To be honest, I was expecting a little bit more opposition to this post than received. Pret lovers of the world unite, grab a quick bite and then get back to work.

DefSufi

A world in which Pret doesn't exist?!! Horrifying!
I spend most of my year in a country where Pret only exists in one major city, on the other end of the continent from where I live, and that's bad enough. Right now, I am craving a Christmas Sandwich, which I can only make a poor facsimile of at home.
My pre-Pret days in England were sad affairs of Neal's Yard eateries and MickeyD's. When I lived in England full time, I was asked what I missed about the US. I would reply "free local phone calls and TacoBell". When I get asked what I miss about the UK, the list is much much longer....and Pret is ALWAYS on the list.
Anyone wanna overnight me a Christmas sarnie?

DefSufi

A world in which Pret doesn't exist?!! Horrifying!
I spend most of my year in a country where Pret only exists in one major city, on the other end of the continent from where I live, and that's bad enough. Right now, I am craving a Christmas Sandwich, which I can only make a poor facsimile of at home.
My pre-Pret days in England were sad affairs of Neal's Yard eateries and MickeyD's. When I lived in England full time, I was asked what I missed about the US. I would reply "free local phone calls and TacoBell". When I get asked what I miss about the UK, the list is much much longer....and Pret is ALWAYS on the list.
Anyone wanna overnight me a Christmas sarnie?

DefSufi

My pre-Pret days in England were sad affairs of Neal's Yard eateries and MickeyD's. When I lived in England full time, I was asked what I missed about the US. I would reply "free local phone calls and TacoBell". When I get asked what I miss about the UK, the list is much much longer....and Pret is ALWAYS on the list.
Anyone wanna overnight me a Christmas sarnie?

tikichris

DefSufi,

Thanks for sharing the pre-Pret memories. If you really want that Christmas sarnie overnighted (and are willing to pay for it with money, photos, and a story) get in touch with Londonist. I think we can get that to ya.

Cheers,
Chris

Siany

I was expecting much more opposition to this too... look at Londonist readers - all secret quick sarnie munchers!

As for the Christmas sandwich... yes, they are great... BUT they don't come close to a Christmas turkey pie from Eat.....mmmm..... pie.

Can we have a review of that too please Chris??

mmm....pie.

tikichris

"Christmas turkey pie from Eat?"

I'll see what I can do.

Dave

I also like Pret. The food is decent (albeit not cheap) and the people are always smiley.

I also like to annoy some of my Pret-loving-friends by informing them that they are 33% owned by the McDonald's Corporation. You would be amazed at how many people are peeved about that...

tikichris

"33% owned by the McDonald's Corporation"

Yeah, that kinda gets to me too, honestly. I never eat at McDonald's, Burger King etc but do sometimes hit Pret, Eat and the like. Doesn't McDonald's owe a significant stake in Subway too?

jss

Oh how I miss Pret! I obviously miss London altogether, as I'm reading Londonist and no longer live there. I think of Pret as an inherent part of my London visits. I want a Christmas sandwich too!

tikichris

Well, there is life beyond Pret. It isn't that great is it?

tikichris

Well, there has to be life beyond Pret. It's not that wonderful,is it?

tikichris

Hey Siany, you still out there? If so, look for a review of Eat's Christmas pie tomorrow (Thursday the 6th) around noon.

Cheers,
Chris

Siany

woo!!! I miss them...enjoy!!! and also buy some parsnip crisps!!! mmm....weird crisps....

Guest

I love Pret, I was in one today. Not sure if you can become addicted to to Pret's food, but I'm trying my hardest. Sadly I shall soon be moving to a part of the world that doesn't have Pret, or anything remotely like it. Will miss it.