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Brixton food news: new restaurants, pop ups, cafes and more

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Onket, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

  2. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Agreed it's a bit meh, but I'd rather a Pret than the recently closed Virgin mobile shop it appears to be replacing, to be honest. (I think that's the one which has closed but same applies to any of them).
     
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  3. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    Bar all the complaints over tax etc, Pret is a useful addition for me.
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I could find nothing in planning about this when I looked last week. Where did you hear about it?
     
  5. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    No planning required to sell sandwiches unless it is eat-in. Otherwise remains A1.
     
  6. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    There's another gushing piece in this week's Time Out from an employee. They certainly seem better than most. I stopped using them when they were part owned by McDonalds.
     
  8. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Pret are pretty good. Success story for brits Is there a 'better' sandwich chain? No.
     
  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I like their Veggie Pret initiative - it's great to have a shop that's totally veggie. Seeing as all the independent cafes that I liked have gone from central London, the one by Carnaby Street is one I end up using fairly often.

    I've never seen a Pret that doesn't have an inside eating area, so if they are coming to the phone shop by the tube, surely there should be a planning application for change of use from A1 to A3?
     
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  10. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    there's a big Pret poster in the window
     
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  11. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    my understanding of the rules about selling food from an A1 unit is that as long as it is not made on the premises it doesn't count as a restaurant so no need for planning/change of use, I know of 3 or 4 places in Soho alone who have used this tactic even though they are selling three course meals
     
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  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ah, right., That settles it then! :oops:
     
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  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I remember they used to boast that their food was made 'fresh on the premises,' but maybe they're just exploiting that loophole now and getting them shipped in from nearby.

    That said, I much prefer Pret to Costa or Caffe Nero (and Starbucks is awful), although San Marino is going to remain my #1 choice in Brixton.
     
  14. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    sandwiches are cold foods and come under A1 category so they could well be fresh made on the premises (their website says so),
     
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They also serve hot foods too. Soup, hot rolls etc.
     
  16. Maggot

    Maggot .

    Eat?
     
  17. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I'm out of touch with the small print of it all but at a rough guess I would say the soup is made off-premises and hot rolls probably fall into whatever category that allows Greggs to sell hot pies eat-in, I recently went to place in Soho and had a 3 course meal with wine and yet it is A1!!!
     
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  18. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    don't mind if I do
     
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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'll have a cheese sandwich and a coffee, thanks.
     
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  20. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Greggs :thumbs:
     
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  21. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    It only appeared the other day I think.
     
  22. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Grab & Go is the best coffee imo and under £2 for a latte. Lovely staff too.
     
  23. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I noticed it Wednesday night on my way home
     
  24. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Pret do a filter coffee that is around a pound - in this day and age on the high street that passes for a bargain
     
  25. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Wetherspoons coffee is a quid and unlimited refills until 2pm. Handy if you want to graze and do some work on the laptop
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I like them too and always use them if I need to, err, grab and go with a coffee. :)
     
  27. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    If they only have one store in Brixton area they are going to have to make the sandwiches onsite. Most Prets make food on-site. In West End some small Prets may be supplied. But only from nearby larger Prets. Pret normally work in basis of having several Prets in one area.
     
  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    There are upsides and downside from working at Pret. I'm talking as long term customer who gets free coffee at a couple of Prets. Which will go unnamed.

    The downside is the mystery shopper. You only have to miss saying one thing and whole "team" fails. Losing the bonus.I don't feel that Pret workers like this enforced teamwork philosophy.

    It's also had work. Making sandwiches early morning , cleaning rota etc etc. It reminds me of a more traditional factory. Where old Marx is still relevant. He was talking about Mills but Pret is very much a highly controlled well oiled machine. The addition is the "emotional labour" . Pret workers have leeway to give free coffee. I know them as fellow workers. Doing working class jobs we can identify with each other.

    Pret from what I have heard is not the worst to work for but it's still a hard job.

    And unlike some of the old fashioned cafes I use Pret age group is remarkably young. I can't believe that is just accidental.

    Pret is pretty good example of how modern Capitalism works. Centralised control, highly controlled workforce, standardized product. Model replicated globally. Still dependent on cheapish labour. See from article that use of "emotional labour" is not denied. Which is interesting aspect of more modern Capitalism.
     
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Mind you, I worked in a sandwich bar for a couple of years and I could only dream of the benefits that Pret staff get. It was shit money, shit conditions and zero benefits. Not that all staff shouldn't now get decent wages/conditions/perks etc as a matter of course.
     
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  30. purenarcotic

    purenarcotic Conveniently Pocket Sized

    Do pret pay the living wage (the real one, not min wage)?
     

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