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Pret's veggie pop-up in Soho is going permanent

Pret's veggie pop-up in Soho is going permanent

Vegetarians, rejoice! Pret's veggie pop-up, which opened in June as a one-month trial, is sticking around as a permanent fixture of Soho, thanks to its popularity with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. And in what is turning into a very good news day for vegetarians, Pret has also announced plans to open more veggie-only restaurants in the future, with one potentially popping up in the City of London. 

The meat-free store defied predictions that sales would fall by 30 percent – instead, sales at the Broadwick Street branch were up 70 percent in June. Clearly, Pret underestimated Londoners' hunger for decent vegetarian lunch options. Suppose there's only so many egg and cress or plain cheese sandwiches you can stomach.

Over 20,000 of you sent positive feedback to Veggie Pret HQ, including Sir Paul McCartney. Pret A Manger CEO Clive Schlee wrote on the Pret blog: 'The move towards a plant-based diet is gathering momentum, especially among millennials. Vegetarians and vegans are an articulate and social media-savvy group. Many of you have been advocating eating less meat for years and have been thrilled to see a major UK business take up the cause'. 

If you haven't visited yet and you're wondering what all the fuss is about, the menu includes over 45 brand new vegetarian and vegan recipes, freshly made smoothies, open sandwiches (rye bread piled high with tasty toppings), savoury yoghurt, and kombucha (fermented green tea). But it's not all salads and pulses, the bestsellers include a vegan chocolatey coconut bar (basically a healthy Bounty), and a seriously tasty cacao and orange pot.

Read more about all the new stuff you can try at veggie Pret

Or check out these nine veggie dishes to convert a meat eater




Izzy K Tastemaker

You’ll find many familiar veggie options in this special Soho branch of Pret. But I left my favourite posh cheddar sandwich this time to try something new from their reach selection of super healthy looking goodies. The African Chakalaka wrap with roasted butter squash, coconut yogurt spinach and chakalaka beans was fragrant and super tasty. But there’s so much more to try! Savoury porridge, smoothies and even kombucha. I’m glad it’s here to stay.

Bonnie W Tastemaker

As a vegetarian and lover of Pret a Manger I was delighted to hear recently that the Veggie Pret on Broadwick Street is staying open permanently! It's such a treat to be able to choose any of the wonderful salads, sandwiches, snacks and more that they have on offer. A number of the items in the Veggie Pret are the same as the regular Pret but there are also more vegan options and they offer made to order smoothies. Needless to say I'll definitely be going back many more times when I need a quick and affordable meal in Soho.