restaurant review #174 – Pret a Manger is a ‘healthy’ fastfood chain with several restos around the world (UK, US, France, and now also one in the Netherlands in Utrecht). One can easily recognise the restaurants with the distinguishable red logo.
Pret A Manger offers light breakfast and lunch options, like soup, salads, baguettes and wraps, and has several items suitable for vegans. Some of their locations are also vegetarian (veggie prets, with vegan options) and have a characteristic green design.
We have visited several Pret a Manger in London. Technically, this is not really a restaurant review, as we did not have our meals on site, but simply bought take away. But I wanted to post some photos of the food we bought at Pret a Manger during our last trip to London.
All in all: good value for money, a good and freshly prepared snack. The amount of plastic packaging is a real pity though. The website mentions that Pret a Manger wants to have 100% recycable, reusable or compostable plastic, and eliminate all unnecessary single use plastic by 2025.
Pret a manger, several locations
website UK: https://www.pret.co.uk/en-gb
See our lists of restaurants where vegans are welcome in the menu section of The Bruges vegan! List restaurants in Bruges and outside Bruges.
I love their food. Just had a veggie wrap in HK there two weeks ago.
Never been there (I’m in the United States), but these photos remind me of lovely noshes from some of the better cafes and convenience shops in New York City near Central Park.
There are several Pret a Manger in the US too. Also in new York! (where I would to go back to one day … 🙂 )
As a vegan in the UK, I can say that Pret has saved me a few times.
Their vegan range is improving and widening all the time, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a quick bite while they’re out and about.
from a food review this is really helpful, especially with the photos provided.
I worked for 10 years in Pret. From a customer point of view Pret is really great, it looks great from the outside, fantastic products made on the site every day, friendly/smiling looking staff.
From the inside though, from the perspective of staff it is a very very different story. Pret is extremely good in PR and with their Mystery Shopper scheme (I call it “Misery” Shopper) the staff is forced and bullied into smiling, no matter what they go through.
I have been bullied while in bereavement, became further traumatised and ill. I entered into ill emailing, was tricked and trapped by Pret’s HR dept. and subsequently fired while my father was in intensive care, just out of a coma.
If this sounds like a Hollywood film, don’t just take my word for it, on my website under “Open Letters to Pret” I combined a long list with links to Employment Review Websites and compiled them into “Pret Staff Complaints”.
All I ask is for the consumer to please look deeper and ask some questions. Can staff REALLY smile for 8 hours straight in an extremely intense stressful environment? WHO in their right mind is really that happy in such a job?
Important people are now having a closer look at Pret’s work conditions.
I hope everyone looks a little deeper. I survived to tell my story.