Pret A Manger has announced plans to open shops on the forecourts of the UK’s largest petrol retailer, Motor Fuel Group (MFG).

It follows the news earlier this month that the business is to open concessions within Tesco supermarkets.

Pret will initially test one shop on the MFG-owned and BP-branded forecourt in Southgate, north London on 27 May.

It hopes to open a second by the end of 2022 in a move that marks its first foray onto petrol forecourts.

The Southgate site will offer freshly prepared food and organic coffee and teas prepared at the bespoke full on-site kitchens throughout the day.

Pret-trained Baristas will prepare coffees and other hot drinks with the aim of bringing the same Pret experience of high streets to the forecourts.

The business has been exploring new shop formats to help customers access its freshly prepared food on the road and outside major cities.

It announced a new partnership with Moto last October, which will allow the company to expand its motorway service estate to three shops in the UK. The first shop at Cherwell Valley, Oxfordshire, opened in December 2020, followed by a second shop at Moto’s brand-new Rugby service, in Warwickshire, which opened last month.

Clare Clough, UK managing director of Pret A Manger, said. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have looked for innovative ways to bring Pret to more people, and partnerships, such as this one, are an important part of this strategy.”

William Bannister, chief executive of MFG, said: “The fact that such a well-known and trusted high street brand as Pret has decided to trial their very first forecourt partnership with MFG cements our commitment to being a one-stop offering for both our local communities and those travelling through.”