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Autumn menus 2023: new season’s hot drinks and treats at Costa, Starbucks, Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero - including Pumpkin Spice Latte

These popular high street coffee shops are gearing up for autumn with some new menu additions.

Published: September 11, 2023
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As the weather starts to get cooler and the days shorter, coffee chains are introducing their menus of seasonal hot drinks and warming snacks.

From the famous pumpkin spice latte to sweet maple hazelnut drinks, here are the new menus from Costa, Starbucks, Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero.


Costa Coffee are one of the few high street coffee chains not to offer a pumpkin spice latte. Their equivalent is the maple hazelnut latte, hot chocolate and frappe.

If you fancy a sweet treat to enjoy alongside your coffee, why not try out the iced pumpkin gingerbread biscuit?

There's also a apple and blackberry loaf cake, chocolate and salted caramel cake, maple hazelnut blondie and muffin, and loaded flapjack.

If you're popping into Costa for lunch then there will be new savoury options including a hog roast toastie and a nacho chilli cheese and chicken toastie.


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Starbucks is probably best know for its autumn menu, thanks to the popular pumpkin spice latte, which returned to shops on 7 September.

The popular drink is a warming combination of Starbucks espresso, pumpkin flavoured sauce and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

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Starbucks coffee fans can enjoy a Pumpkin Spice cream cold brew, an iced Pumpkin Spice latte,  Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino and a Mocha Praline Macchiato.

The latest seasonal creation is the new salted maple and caramel cream cold brew, launching alongside the returning iced salted maple and caramel latte.

Savoury options include a katsu chicken sub roll, a chilli-infused chicken and N'Duja melt panini and the sweet potato and pumpkin seed fritter wrap.

New sweet treats for autumn include cake pops in caramelised biscuit, chocolate and birthday cake flavours.

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Customers can also look forward to other new seasonal baked goods, the pumpkin-shaped chocolate brownie, and pumpkin marble loaf cake, with maple flavour frosting.

Pret a Manger

Pret also has its version of a pumpkin spice latte, which is available now.

The chain has also released its autumn soup rota, which includes flavours such as red Thai vegetable soup, butternut and sage soup, chicken, broccoli and brown rice soup and sunshine dahl soup.

Other savoury options include: onion bhaji melt toastie, meatball and mozzarella risotto bake, loaded chilli chicken nachos and avo and herb salad wrap.

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While for those with a sweet tooth there's lemon cake, carrot cake and chocolate chai.

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Caffe Nero

Caffe Nero have a chai latte - a blend of cinnamon, spices, black tea and sugar with steamed milk and a layer of foam - which is ideal for warming up with as the weather gets colder.

As well as the usual coffees, there's a new amaretto latte that's also available as an iced coffee and a hot chocolate.


Greggs was one of the first to reintroduce their pumpkin spice latte, which made its return last month.

They also have an ice pumpkin spice latte, a hazelnut mocha and a hazelnut hot chocolate.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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