UK-based fast-food chain Pret A Manger, with over 370 locations worldwide, has recently opened its second Veggie Pret location on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, London.
Its first location opened on Broadwick Street in Soho, London in September 2016 as a pop-up shop, but remained open due to ‘popular demand’, according to a blog post by Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret A Manger.
‘Veggie Pret is here to stay’, wrote Schlee. Veggie Pret locations offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes including vegan brownies, vegan mac & greens, and dairy-free chocolate chia pots. According to the Pret A Manger website, ‘Veggie Pret is growing and the future is looking green.’
Vegan salted caramel brownie. Credit: Pret A Manger Facebook page
According to the Telegraph, veganism in Britain ‘has risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade’, accounting for ‘over one per cent’ of the population. In the US, over 13% of adults surveyed by Public Policy Polling describe themselves as either vegetarian or vegan.
Pret A Manger’s Facebook page is flooding with comments from customers wondering when Veggie Pret will expand beyond London. Karen Taylor commented, ‘Well done Pret A Manger but you need to spread the good news with Veggie Prets outside of London. Manchester would be a good start.’
Pret A Manger were contacted in the hope of receiving additional information on further Veggie Pret locations but have, as of yet, not responded.
Credit: Pret A Manger Facebook page
Vegetarian UEA student Francesca Kritikos said, ‘I hope they come to Norwich soon. It’s so hard to find good food on the go as a vegetarian or vegan. I like that they’re popularising plant-based meals and hopefully some people will be convinced to give up meat.’
With vegetarianism and veganism on the rise, there will likely be more Veggie Pret locations in the coming months. The Vegetarian Society’s National Vegetarian Week will run from 15-21 May this year and will provide resources including ‘tips, giveaways, and recipes’ for vegetarians, vegans, and those looking to cut meat out of their diets.