When you get a craving for a Greggs sausage roll, it’s nigh on impossible to shake. When you get that hankering at midnight after several libations, it becomes even trickier.
Until today, the giant flagship Greggs on Leicester Square, which bumps shoulders with the likes of M&M World, has been embroiled in a legal battle to let Londoners have their famous sausage rolls and steak bakes around the clock.
And now they’ve won… kind of. Londoners will now be able to purchase certain Greggs items until 2am, after a compromise was reached with Westminster Council to allow service late into the night.
Big Greggs opened in Leicester Square in July, and held an extravagant premiere (obviously). They have since been pushing to allow for sales of hot sausage rolls and steak bakes between 11pm – 5am.
As it stands, hot drinks may now be purchased between 11pm-2am, but not hot food. Previously, their application to serve any food at all during these hours was refused, but at least some level of compromise has been reached. I suppose.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Greggs Chief Executive Roisin Currie said: “We’ve now got an agreement with Westminster – we’ve reached a compromise.
“We can still sell all of our sandwiches, all of our sweet products [late at night], but we’ve been working with the council on what we can sell later in the evening. It’s very positive and we’ve worked well together.”
New opening times will mean the flagship Greggs can serve customers from 11am-2am on Thursdays through to Saturdays, and until midnight on Sundays to Wednesdays. A date for the beginning of these new hours has not yet been confirmed.
And we’ll just keep waiting for those 4am sausage rolls, I guess.