Pret a Manger Review at Southwark, Southwark Street

Name: Pret a Manger

Type: King of lunchtime food

Where: Southwark Street, Southwark, SE1 OSU

Nearest tube: Southwark/also near from London Bridge

Price: £4.95  for a can of juice, soup and bag of skinny popcorn (yes that does constitute a lunch- be it a pro-ana lunch)

Rating: £££

This lesser known one off cute cafe FOOD GIANTS Pret a Manger dominate the streets of London providing one of life’s few certainties- walk any direction for 5 minutes in the capital and you WILL reach a pret a manger.

stay skinny:go to places where you can't afford to eat

Feeding millions each week, Pret offer a range of typical lunch time food like baguettes, wraps, soup, salad and so on. It hasn’t gone un-noticed that this blog so far seems to promote less healthy eateries so since its January (the month of swearing to a diet that lasts five days) why not try out Pret where you have to only eat a little as you can’t afford to eat more.

The £3.99 wraps mean a £5 lunch is impossible unless you go drink free. Embracing this, it is possible to have a skinny person’s lunch for under £5 here.

Soup is £2.99 and there are three choices daily which are all usually of a good standard. Pictured above is the meatball soup which is reasonable tasty and warms you up in the freeze. Less successful is the classic tomato soup which reminded me of a jar of Dolmio in a paper bowl. Not so lush.

Unfortunately you can’t afford a sandwich if you get soup but you can get a bag of skinny popcorn which is moreish.

Note: eating popcorn in the light of day made me realise why it was an in the dark cinema food- not good for a date.

Overall this is an adequate feed so long as you have an afternoon snack and the food is all a ok if somewhat predictable (like the store itself).


7 responses to this post.

  1. 1. I don’t wanna get all fangirl about you guys (my next comment will be stern) but am partic enjoying the instructive captioning.

    2. A jar of warmed up Dolmio is a delight.


  2. Posted by Emily on February 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I have an alternative Pret suggestion – how many bags of popcorn can you buy for £5? This could be a very good lunch. Also, can you explain why they call it topcorn?


    • Because it’s a top food? I think you could get 4 bags for under £5 but you’d definitely need a drink as it would make you thirsty!


      • Posted by Emily on May 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

        fair point, it is top.

        My fave Pret combo is inspired by a Pret expert, it is mozz and tom croissant plus soup (ideally leek and potato) plus thirst.

  3. Posted by Andy on May 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    You should try the Swedish meatball wrap, 3.99 and a drink is under a fiver!


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