If you're trying to cut back on meat, or giving it up all together, your lunchtime options just got way more exciting thanks to Pret's new veggie pop-up that's just opened in Soho. They've turned the Broadwick Street branch into a meat-free zone for a month-long trial, and they've added 45 (!) new vegetarian and vegan recipes to the menu. But don't panic, meat-lovers, the plan isn't to turn every single Pret into a veggie's paradise. There are iPads and comment boxes in the branch where customers can leave their feedback, so that popular items can be rolled out across all branches. Here's all the new stuff they've come up with:
Okay, they already sell fresh juices and smoothies, but these are even fresher. Choose your flavour and they'll blend it up for you at the counter. And yes, that is a protein shake (and it's surprisingly delicious).
Well, obviously. See also: cauliflower rice, which is also on the menu.
Don't fancy your sandwich with two slices of bread? Try these new open sandwiches, which are all on rye bread and piled high with tasty toppings including avocado on egg and radish, beetroot and cream cheese. Just don't attempt to eat them on the go.
If you're not familiar with kombucha, here's everything you need to know about it. But, in a nutshell: it's a fermented green tea that tastes a bit vinegary, but apparently has mega health benefits.
Savoury yoghurt? Sounds wrong, but actually it's not as weird as it seems. They've basically put greek yoghurt together with some middle eastern flavours, including a mint and dukkah spice bowl, and a spicy chickpea and coriander bowl.
Hot protein pots
In need of a protein hit but don't fancy it in shake form? Chow down on one of these new hot protein bowls, which are filled with Pret's own baked beans, mushrooms and a poached egg.
Cacao and orange pots
There's loads of new sweet treats, including coconut yoghurt, a vegan chocolatey coconut bar that's basically a healthy Bounty bar, and a cacao and orange pot, which looks damn tasty.
But don't worry, they haven't given the menu a complete overhaul. There are still some old favourites, including the humble egg mayo, the falafel flatbread and the posh cheddar and pickle. But they've also added some new sandwiches, salads and wraps, including an artichoke, tapenade and olive baguette, an avocado and chipotle chickpea wrap, and a veggie New Yorker on rye bread.
Pret's veggie pop-up is at 35 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DH. Open throughout June.