EXCITED food lovers queued outside a new cafe for a free breakfast and a special sneak preview, before it officially opens tomorrow.

Pret A Manger, better known as Pret to fans of the chain, had a first morning trial run this morning, and staff were met with a long queue before doors opened at 7.30am.

Inside the shop, which is in the former Santander bank building on the corner of High Street and St Swithin's Street, hungry Worcester residents were able to grab a free breakfast featuring a pastry, breakfast roll, baguette, porridge or five berry bowl, and a barista-prepared hot drink.

General manager Aldino Leca said: "Today is an opening for people to see us, and has gone really well.

"People have been able to come in and sit down, enjoy their free breakfast and coffee.

"We open to the public from half 6pm on Tuesday, until 7pm, and will be open at weekends.

"It is a modern store, we have seating areas both downstairs and upstairs - upstairs looks amazing.

"It is looking beautiful, I couldn't ask for more."

Audrey Darrell, who was one of the first in the new cafe, said: "I love it already.

"It is very spacious, and it is a fantastic gesture to be giving away free breakfast."

Polly Chapman, another of the first customers, added: "I'm a fan of the chain so really pleased to see it here.

"It is excellent that they give away food to the homeless at the end of the day too."

The shop, which has created 22 new jobs, features seating for 170 customers, free Wifi, and on the menu will be sandwiches, baguettes, salads, snacks, hot food and sweet treats.