“To change a culture you need to start at a young age. We now have children aged 0 to 5 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.
“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 are 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.
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 and Hugo Lonsdale are the owners 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 and the restaurant is now meat free every Monday.
The Riverford Field Kitchen
“Meat Free Mondays are a brilliant excuse to show off what we do best. There is little doubt that we eat more animal products than is good for our health and the environment, so it’s great to encourage a meat free day, and show people how versatile and satisfying vegetarian food can be.” – Glyn Morgan
Glyn Morgan is the General Manager of The Riverford Field Kitchen, an award-winning organic restaurant where diners can expect a feast of freshly-picked seasonal produce straight from the fields. The Field Kitchen is completely meat free on Mondays and offers organic meat and fish options on other days. It works creatively with the seasons so the menu changes daily.
“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.
“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).
“We all want to do our bit to help preserve the planet for future generations and Meat Free Monday makes it so simple and easy to do that!”
Emma Thompson is an award winning actress, comedian, screenwriter and author. Most famously she has starred in films such as Sense and Sensibility, Much Ado About Nothing and Nanny McPhee.