With Christmas around the corner, we’re starting to see retailers all across the UK release their own special season products.
Pret A Manger has announced the return of its Christmas menu today with some new additions.
It sees the return of some classic items such as the Christmas Lunch, Vegan Christmas Nut Roast and Melvin, Pret’s Melting Gingerbread Snowman.
One of the new additions is the Turkey & Trimmings Toastie which fills a toasted sandwich with a classic Christmas Lunch – Wiltshire ham, British Turkey, herby pork stuffing, caramelised onion chutney and melted cheddar cheese.
Briony Raven, UK Food & Coffee Director at Pret said: “We know our customers look forward to our Christmas menu all year long, which is why our team have been hard at work creating more delicious and mouth-watering food and drink options to spoil them with choice this Christmas”.
“With many of us missing our favourite Christmas treats last year we’ve put together a Christmas menu which celebrates the nation’s favourite Christmas dishes and Pret goodies including a whole drink range inspired by our Pret sweet treats.
“Not only have we brought back our iconic Christmas classics but we’ve also created many new items, including a new Turkey & Trimmings Toastie and plenty for our vegan customers to dig into. We can’t wait to welcome customers back with more Christmas hot food than ever before.”
Another new item is the Christmas Stuffing Mac & Cheese which includes pasta with a herb and pork stuffing mixture combined with creamy mature cheddar, bechamel sauce and parsley topped with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs with Italian cheese.
The Pigs in Blankets Hot Rolls is also making a return featuring Lincolnshire style sausages wrapped in streaky bacon, on a layer of caramelised onion chutney finished with a dab of mustard mayo in a warm roll.
Alongside this, the Christmas Lunch sandwich also makes a comeback with the Christmas baguette, both of which include thick slices of British turkey with port and orange cranberry sauce, herby pork stuffing, baby spinach leaves and a dab of mayo with crispy onions.
The Brie, Pistachio & Cranberry Baguette is also returning.
Vegan and vegetarian options
It’s not all just meat and cheese though, there is plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians with the return of the Vegan Christmas Nut Roast with crispy onions.
Other veggie options include the new Vegan Christmas Flatbread which includes a layer of vegan sage mayo, port & orange cranberry sauce, Christmas Pesto, roasted herby butternut squash with sweet potato falafel and pickled cabbage & carrot in a wholemeal flatbread.
Another new veggie option includes the new Vegan Festive Pasta Bake made with Christmas Pesto, tubetti rigati pasta mixed with vegan bechamel sauce and herby roasted butternut squash.
There are three drinks joining the Pret Christmas menu this year that are inspired by Pret’s sweet treats:
- Love Bar Latte
- Popcorn Bar Hot Chocolate
- Gingerbread Latte
The Love Bar Latte combines a Chocolate Caramel Cookie Syrup with a shot of espresso, steamed milk and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
The Gingerbread Latte combines Gingerbread syrup, an espresso shot, steamed milk and is topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
The new Popcorn Bar Hot Chocolate is custom made by combining popcorn syrup with hot chocolate, steamed milk and topped with whipped cream and chocolate powder.
All drinks will be included in the Pret Coffee Subscription which allows customers to redeem up to five Barista-prepared drinks a day for £20 a month.
There are also three new cold brew drinks joining the menu which are made with Pret’s 100 per cent organic and Arabica beans:
- Cold Brew Coffee Latte
- Cold Brew Coffee Mocha
- Cold Brew Coffee Black
Christmas sweet treats
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some sweet treats to spoil yourself, however.
Pret’s menu will see the return of the Christmas Tiffin alongside Pret’s Mince pie which is made to a new recipe this year making it suitable for vegetarians.
A brand new addition to the menu features the Nutty Salted Caramel Brownie, a rich Belgian chocolate brownie filled with dollops of salted caramel sauce and topped with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce.
The Pret Foundation
50p from each sale of Christmas Lunch sandwich and Vegan Nut Roast sandwich will be donated to The Pret Foundation.
The Foundation is committed to helping break the cycle of homelessness, hunger and poverty which works with grassroots charities in communities local to Pret shops to donate unsold, freshly made Pret food to those in need.