The Tatami Room
“We are always trying to offer more healthy options for our clients, and have come to the decision that one day a week without meat or fish is the healthiest option we can offer.” – Jason Rowles
Jason Rowles is the owner of The Tatami Room, a sushi and ramen restaurant in the heart of Barcelona, opened in 2010. Following a hugely successful vegetarian/vegan ramen day in July 2016, clients requested more similar events. The Tatami Room will therefore hold a one-off Meat Free Monday in September, with the plan to go meat free every Monday following this.
“To change a culture you need to start at a young age. We now have children aged one to five adopting Meat Free Monday across our nurseries, so it will be completely normal to the next generation. It is also a great excuse to eat more vegetables and introduce new flavours to our children.” – Mark Webster
Mark Webster is the Catering Manager at Just Childcare, a family of day nurseries, with over 30 locations across the North of England. Putting children and their health at the heart of everything they do, Just Childcare introduced Meat Free Monday to their nursery menus in October 2015 to ensure their children grow up healthily and learn to preserve the environment.
Balls and Company
“We love celebrating the humble vegetable here at Balls and Company and Meat Free Monday is the best way to do just that! It’s important to recognise that eating vegetables is not only good for us but for our planet too. We’re proud to be a part of such a great cause, particularly one that allows our chefs to show off along the way!” – Bonny Porter
Bonny Porter is the Executive Chef and Owner of Balls and Company, a little meatball restaurant on Greek Street, in the London’s Soho. The restaurant offers a 25% discount its Quinoa, Beetroot and Feta Balls each Meat Free Monday.
“The good thing about Meat Free Monday is that it takes little effort – you simply don’t eat meat on Mondays. The greater number of people who support this, the greater the impact on the planet!”
Lauren Laverne is a radio DJ, television presenter, author and singer.
“Meat Free Mondays is a great idea. But if Mr McCartney and co try to initiate Chocolate Free Tuesdays I shall leave Britain.”
Matt Lucas is a comedian, actor and screenwriter, best known for his work in the television show Little Britain with David Walliams. Watch a video message from Matt Lucas here.
The Sparrowhawk Pub
“Meat Free Monday what a great idea! So easy to put into practice. Kinder to our bodies and to the planet. By supporting Meat Free Monday we hope to help people find it even easier to take part in in this fantastic initiative.” – Robin Priestley and Danielle Mason
Robin and Danielle are co-owners of The Sparrowhawk Pub, Crystal Palace, London. The pub offers 50% off vegetarian starters and mains on Monday nights, with additional Meat Free Monday vegetarian and vegan specials.
“Meat Free Monday is the most brilliant excuse to focus on the incredible variety of veggies out there – the flavours, textures and wonderful dishes you can create is beyond belief. So here’s to Meat Free Monday and frankly, meat-free Wednesdays too.”
Jamie Oliver, MBE, is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more.
“Since opening our doors in June 2014, we have been gaining a reputation for our innovative and tasty vegetarian options so we see joining Meat Free Monday as a natural move for us. We just want to celebrate the amazing things our chefs do with the humble vegetable!” – James Bates
James Bates, along with Thomas White and Dominic Jones, are the three directors/co-founders of Maray, an independent small plate and cocktail restaurant located at the top of Liverpool’s bustling Bold Street. Maray puts sustainability and provenance at the heart of everything they do. Each Monday they offer diners the opportunity to select any four vegan or vegetarian small plates to share for £20, including weekly Meat Free Monday specials.
“Just see how easy it will be not to eat meat for one day a week. Just think how the world will benefit from fewer trees being cut to make way for grazing animals. Just imagine how many lives, both animal and human you will help to save: and join the fab Paul McCartney and millions more, including me, in making Monday a Meat Free day.”
“We want to change peoples’ perceptions of what a great British pie should be and encourage pie-eaters everywhere to give vegetarian pies a try. We used British Pie Week (7 to 13 March 2016) to launch a brand new addition to our vegetarian pie range and to launch the Meat Free Monday campaign in our restaurants, where our vegetarian pies are now 50p off every Monday.” – Jon Simon
Jon Simon founded Pieminister with his brother-in-law Tristan Hogg. The company makes award-winning pies using responsibly-sourced British ingredients. A brand new meat free pie is being created to lead Pieminister’s British Pie Week celebrations. The new pie will join Pieminister’s growing range of Vegetarian Society Approved pies, which includes two new Open Top pies and their legendary Heidi and Wild Shroom Classics (both of which are recent Great Taste Award winners).