Eat Pret Love: the subscription that just keeps on giving

As we emerged from the first national lockdown, restaurants and cafés were doing all they could to entice us through their doors in the hope of staying afloat. With the apparent success of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in August, many deals have been stretched out beyond the summer with no sign of disappearing yet. A pop-up ad on Instagram alerted me to the new coffee subscription from Pret A Manger – with the first month free and the option to cancel, it seemed like there was nothing to lose, so I signed myself up. 

It quickly became clear that this was one of the best steals going. You are simply given a QR code which you can add to your smartphone wallet and present keenly at the till. You can order absolutely any drink on the menu that is prepared by a barista, ranging from classic coffee staples to frappés to iced coffees and smoothies. Always one to try the quirkier options, I sought to make my way through the full drink menu, with the matcha rice-coconut milk latte standing out as interesting but acquired taste! The only conditions are that you leave 30 minutes between orders, with a maximum limit of 5 drinks a day.  

Whether you are just passing through town or looking to study for a few hours, the two outlets mean you can conveniently pick up your coffee fix ready for that cold walk home. Pret’s website claims ‘You’ll be best friends with your Barista before you know it’ and while we’re not yet on a first name basis, the Pret staff in Bath always serve your brew with enthusiasm, despite me and a seemingly endless line of fellow students constantly lingering at their stores.  

While the first month free offer is clearly a no-brainer, £20 a month for an abundance of drinks is still a fantastic deal. With frappés and smoothies normally costing upwards of £3, you only need to visit a handful of times a month to break even and if you are a daily coffee consumer, it would definitely help you stretch your student loan. The only drawback is the environmental aspect – due to the current coronavirus climate, Pret are not currently accepting re-usable cups so it feels as though sustainability has taken a backseat. Hopefully the subscription is here to stay, and we can continue cut down on single-use cups in the future.  

As I come to the end of my complimentary month with Pret, and the menu for that matter, it really has brightened up my day-to-day uni life. Whether we’re scooping up hot drinks to drop to the doors of isolating friends or getting out of our rooms for a well-needed break from our screens, the baristas definitely haven’t seen the back of us yet. 

Find Pret a Manger at 2 Stall Street and Southgate Shopping Centre.  

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