Pret A Manger, 32 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
This is part of the Pret A Manger chain of sandwich shops. It sells a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, baguettes and salad wraps, sushi, salad and soups, a variety of hot snacks such as toasties and hot wraps, a range of muffins, cookies and croissants, cakes and slices, crisps and various desserts. The exact range available depends on the time of day visited, as different foods can be sold to cater for different meal times; some items more applicable to lunch may not be available during the breakfast period for example. The food served is made using natural ingredients and avoiding additives, as well as being sustainably sourced with Fairtrade, certified Organic and Rainforest Alliance foods.
This branch was visited on a Saturday lunch time, and was moderately busy, although there were still free tables. To order, you select any food and cold drinks wanted from the chillers, or from the heated cabinet for some of the hot dishes, and then take it to the tills where hot drinks and the various room temperature sweet items and cakes could be ordered, and then you pay and either eat in or take away. It is necessary to state which before paying because VAT is charged on some dishes if consumed on the premises.
Two snacks were chosen, both from the chiller cabinets. Each came pre-packaged, although they are made on the premises on a daily basis. The first was a Wild Crayfish and Avocado Salad. This salad consisted of wild crayfish, sliced avocado, salad leaves and a sealed pot of French dressing. The separate pot made dressing the salad optional. The second was a New Yorker Bloomer, which is a sandwich made from two slices of seven grain bloomer bread, salt beef, gherkins, English mustard mayo and baby leaf spinach. A packet of Sea Salt & Organic Cider Vinegar Crisps was also purchased, as were two drinks, a Latte and a 500 ml bottle of Coca Cola, the latter served with a small plastic cup.
Both snacks ordered were very nice. There was a substantial amount of food in the salad, and not just a large quantity of the salad leaves. The sandwich, including the bread, had a goodly amount of flavour to it and was quite filling.
The total for everything ordered came to £13.15. This was a bit more expensive than other locations, such as fast food places, although the food at Pret A Manger is probably healthier.
Both drinks were fine, but one downside with the latte was that it was served in a paper cup, rather than a china or glass one, which seemed more appropriate for takeout than dining in, but this is a minor niggle.
The food purchased was very nice, flavoursome and fresh, with decent quantities. This may not the cheapest option for a light lunch, but it was still enjoyable, and recommended as a healthy alternative to fast food places and some sandwich shops.