Pret A Manger (informally known as Pret) is a sandwich retail chain based in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom. The name comes from the French prêt à manger, meaning "ready to eat" or "lending to eat", a reference to prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear as distinct from "bespoke").
Since January 2007, a number of stores have been branded simply as "Pret", the informal name.
The company was founded in London in 1986 by friends Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe (who later founded the Itsu chain of sushi cafes), the duo having met while studying property law at the Polytechnic of Central London.
In 2001, McDonald's bought a 33% non-controlling stake in the USA branch of the company, which they sold in 2008 to private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, owners of clothing retailer Fat Face.