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I first discovered EAT when travelling back from Thailand last christmas and finding myself and my kids having to spend 7 hours on a stopover between flights at Heathrow airport.....
After wandering around the shops and wasting as much time as possible doing crosswords and testing perfumes, lunchtime came and we were faced with the decision of where to get our nosh. After some debate, we settled on EAT - a small shop with some delicious looking ware on offer and some even more delicious smells wafting from its unassuming counter. It wasn't a sit down restaurant, unfortunately, and we were forced to take our food to the nearest available bench we could find in a busy airport.
But, we were'nt disappointed.
Once we sank our teeth into the first tasty morsel, we were hooked and continued to rave about the taste long after the last crumb had been scoffed!
Between us we managed to partake of a steak and ale pie, oozing rich gravy and tender beef; a chicken and avocado sandwich with a hint of basil, deliciously fresh; chicken noodle soup, warming and wholesome as any good soup should be; and a chicken and cheese toastie, hot and crunchy with a strong but not overpoweringly so, cheese.
Having enjoyed our main course so much, we decided to go back for dessert and coffee which more than lived up to the initial success of the savoury. Banoffee Pie...YUM; carrot cake, YUUMM and chocolate brownie MMMM! We washed the lot down with a latte which was pretty good, and sat back contentedly with our respective books to wait out the remaining 3 hours or so before our flight.
Apparently EAT has been going for 13 years, we'd just never come across one before....all their food is made fresh on site and their sandwiches have a 'one day' shelf life - how's that for freshness!
The products on offer range from breakfast cereals and toasties, muffins, egg and bacon bagel etc. ; sandwiches of a wide and interesting variety, including crayfish, lemon and rocket, pastrami and turkey and cranberry; soups of all sorts which change according to the season and have an international influence such as, Prawn Tom Yum, Butternut Squash and French Onion; pies such as beef and stilton, chicken and ham, spicy indian and fisherman's pie.
Dessert range from the healthy fruit salad options, to the decadent banoffee pies and such like. There are also vegetarian options for everything on sale so no one is missed out.
The coffee is good - full of flavour and includes many 'starbuck-like' options. And of course there are the regular fruit juices and soft drink options.
For the more technically advanced among us (not me) - you can apparently locate your nearest EAT and recieve updates as to the soup of the day as well as other in store offers and such like.
Prices aren't cheap....but, you can taste the quality. I know I'd rather pay that bit extra knowing what I'm getting is wholsome food made that day from fresh ingredients.
"The Real Food Company" or EAT as it is more well known is a sandwich and snack shop dotted all over the place... With such a name, their arrogance is sprawled all onto their product packaging, as if we will fail to remember such condescending name.
On the product front, the shop sells a variety of goods, such as sandwiches, baguettes, snacks, salads and also serves hot food. They have a good range of vegetarian options too! I have only ever bought sandwiches and food to go. The service I have to say is pretty impeccable, a separate counter for hot food and a small quick one to separate those who are in a rush.
The food I purchased was extremely wholesome and full of flavour. I have tried the BLT (which was really nice!) but wasn't nice enough to be worth the £3 I was charged. The crisps were also nice (tasted like Kettle Chips) and were completely overpriced. Having tried some of my friend's baguette and other foods, I can say that the foods, whilst they may taste a notch above other fast food outlets, it isn't worth the money they charge. I would willingly sacrifice the extra "oomph" for the extra cash I will have saved.
Coincidentally, these shops or restaurant seem to be located in places where there aren't any other options so it kind of forces you to buy their food! Maybe that's just me, but they are heavily situated at airports, train stations and other locations like that.
Overall, EAT is pretty top end for a sandwich shop in my opinion, and the products cost more than I am willing to pay. Nonetheless, the food is scrumptious so if you have the money, go for it and indulge in some "real food"!
I recently discovered EAT in the new high cross centre in Leicester. The companys business seems to be mainly focused on London at the moment but im sure this will spread quickly as its one of the greates food outlets i have ever eaten from in britain!!.
The great thing about EAT is everything is cooked with fresh produce .. their breakfast are good and you can purchase the likes of bacon butties or muffins or cumberland sausage muffins and eggs benedict. For the health consious there is museli and porridge which all taste like they could have been cooked in your home kitchen.
EAT really excels at lunch time where you can pick up exotic sounding sandwiches such as crayfish lemon and rocket, scottish roast beef, chicken avacado and basil and they are all competitivley priced with the likes of m&S or a lunch time McDonalds .. and a damb site healthier.
Then comes the soup! they offer 30 new soups a month .. wow and come in sizes of small, big and very big which is perfect for a filling lunch. All the soups i have tried (about 15) are so tasty its like your gran has been hiding in the kitchen cooking up a home batch. The soups are split into simple (usually blended) or bold (which have noodles or big veg) and often come with a garnish such as creme freshe, a roll or pastry lid or herbs. It really is the best takaway soup range i have ever tasted ... some types they serve include :
chicken pot pie
texan chille con carne
Thai green chicken curry (the best so far)
italian ragu and pasta.
Along with other food options like cakes, noodle salads, fresh breads and all the usual drink offers you would expect, this really is my first and last option for lunch
EAT is a chain of London soup and sandwich shops and is very popular with office workers buying lunch. It is certainly one of my favourites primarily because of the great taste of their food, especially their soups.
In Central London, you are never too far from an EAT outlet so I'd have to give them full marks for location. Each outlet has a wall of freshly made sandwiches, salads, desserts, bottled drinks etc. Like any sandwich shop really, except that their sandwiches taste very fresh and some have strong, unusual flavours that I like. They also mark the ingredients of each sandwich on the wall and clearly indicate any possible allergens in them, which is very handy since I have a dairy allergy.
But I rarely eat sandwiches in EAT anymore because their soups knock the socks off all competition including their own sandwiches. They do two soups a day - one with simple flavours and one with bold. The bold soups are really unusual and exciting - some of my favourites are Chicken Pot Pie (with puff pastry on top!), Hungarian Goulash and Chicken Laksa. The simple soups are more ordinary but very well suited to people with less adventurous taste buds - I enjoy the Gujarati Red Lentils with Raita. The soups come in three sizes - Small, Large and Extra Large. A big bold soup is enough for me for lunch and really warms me up as the weather gets colder. The soups vary in price from £2.75 to I think £5 for an extra large bold soup but it's the same price for all simple/bold soups of a certain size so you don't need to check the price every day.
You can also buy a range of breads to go with the soup.
EAT opens for breakfast as well and sells pastries and freshly made coffee though I don't think it's very good value. But for lunch, you couldn't do better than an EAT soup.
EAT is a sandwich/ lunch store with most stores based in London it was 'born' in 1996 in WC2 (Charing Cross) by Faith & Niall MacArthur. They now have 90 shops; mainly in London by they also can be seen in Major Cities, shopping centres and airports around the UK.
Each branch is similar, brown and white décor, simple. Some are smaller and some are large with seating and without. Each branch varies. The queue can sometimes snake out of the door. Don't let this put you off.
The team attempt to serve you within 3 minutes. Which very often they do. As soon as the queue builds up, they get more staff on the tills. They have a dedicated Barista (coffee maker) who rustles up a great coffee within 3 minutes and always with a smile. They have an excellent selection of coffees with variety of toppings and syrups.
The team are consistently happy, have excellent customer service, and always have a smile for you.
The fridges are always filled up, even at really busy times (1pm). At breakfast time they have muesli, porridge, fruit and different hot sandwiches (bacon etc). The small is very small, in their breakfast sandwiches but good for a small appetite or waistline!
They have usual sandwiches, wraps and salads in the fridges. They have a soup of the day a regular soup and a bold soup (bold may have pasta in it or be a bit more chewy) the soup of the day can be found on the internet, or on the board behind the counter. They also serve hot pies - these can be found at lunchtime. These are fresh, and when they have run out there are no more. Eat stores tend to close after lunch as there is a lack of trade and they have run out of fresh food, when they run out, they remove it from the over head board.
Transactions can take place by cash and card. They often have sampling on the counters, this is often removed at lunchtime as they can be very busy.
EAT is a great place to pick up lunch, while their food is fresh and natural, it's not all Gobi berries and pumpkin seeds. You can have an array of coffees with various syrups to accompany your food. They also do muffins and cakes for the sweet tooth. Especially watch out for their lemon cheesecake - you can just taste the cream and calories. YUM! It is always tasty, hot fresh food, and it is really enjoyable with competent staff behind the counter. Their service is regularly reviewed to attain the highest standards.
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EAT is a chain of sandwich shops/cafes in London. There is pretty much one on every corner now and even one in Topshop I noticed the other day!
EAT does a variety of foods for breakfast and lunch. At breakfast time it's bacon rolls, porridge and muesli/yoghurt pots. Lunchtime there is soup (amazing! but more of this later), pies, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and salads. They also do some cakes and biscuits as well as coffee and the usual soft drinks.
So - EAT soup has to be the most amazing soup I have ever had. It's homemade every day and they feature two menu options, a simple and a bolder more chunky soup. Usually at least one of these is vegetarian. You can check the weekly soup menu on their website which is great as you can see which days feature your favourite (mine is the pumpkin soup or the thai butternut squash). Though if you do this you can miss out on some which you don't think you'll enjoy but are equally as good.
In addition EAT does offer a good selection of wheat free and vegetarian things which is great for me as I try to cut down on wheat and I don't eat meat at all.
The soup costs around £3 for a large cup but it is more than enough even for big appetites and I find because it's homemade and obviuosly packed with veg it keeps me full all afternoon. It's a great healthy winter warmer!