The sandwich chain is branching out to serve sit-down evening meals with booze, crockery and jazz music
That’s right folks, Pret is open for dinner.
They hooked us with their cheese and pickle sarnie, chicken and avocado salad and veg-tastic macaroni cheese, and now they’re hoping that we'll stay for dinner too.
Every day at 6pm, the Strand branch of Pret A Manger is transformed with their “Good Evenings” concept, otherwise known as adding crockery, a wine list, soft lighting and jazz music.
It stays in evening mode until 11pm, and while you still order and pay at the tills, guests are then shown to and served at a table.
Along with the usual salad and sandwich suspects, diners can chomp down on spicy meatballs, flatbreads and dips, Korean BBQ pulled pork or mac ‘n’ cheese (yes, it’s already on the lunch menu, but after dark it’s served on a plate and everything). The wine list includes two craft beers, prosecco and a choice of three red and white wines.
Nick Sandler, the chain’s creative chef who drew up the menu, told The Evening Standard: “If they come in and say 'we’re in a real hurry, we’ve only got 20 minutes’ because they are going to the theatre we tell them they’ve got plenty of time to order, sit down and have their meal.
“But equally if someone’s got a bit longer to have a glass of wine and spend an hour with us that’s fine as well – we’re pretty relaxed about it.”
So far there are no plans to roll out the "Good Evenings" menu to the other 300 Pret outlets in the UK, but bosses say they are keeping a close eye on how well it does.
In the meantime, you can still take your lunchtime kale and cauliflower macaroni cheese and pop it on a china plate. Fancy.