Cookery School at Little Portland Street
“The main reason for Meat Free Monday is to reduce the consumption of animal proteins as we eat far too much of them anyway. If we can reduce the amount of meat and poultry that we eat, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Recent research is showing too that a meal higher in vegetables is far healthier than one loaded with animal protein and fats.” – Rosalind Rathouse
Rosalind Rathouse is the Principal of the Cookery School at Little Portland Street, an award-winning cookery school in central London which focuses on sustainable and seasonal home cooking. The school offers a wide range of courses and corporate events, and day and evening classes including its very own ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’ class.
“We’ve come on leaps and bounds in the UK in offering more veggie and vegan-friendly dishes, or for those who simply want to reduce the amount of meat they eat. It’s something our regular customers asks for a lot, but with our small menu at the restaurant it can be tricky to strike a balance. By introducing Meat Free Monday at Oldroyd we now have the opportunity to dedicate one whole day to a delicious, fruit and vegetable-based menu.” – Tom Oldroyd
Oldroyd is the first solo restaurant from former Chef Director of the Polpo Group, Tom Oldroyd. It opened its doors in 2015 in Islington and offers a daily changing European menu built around the best seasonal British ingredients. Mondays at Oldroyd restaurant are now exclusively meat free, with menus built solely of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
“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.
“Ocado is proud to support the Meat Free Monday campaign because we all need to take care of our planet and its precious resources, and we want to encourage our customers to explore as many options as possible for doing so.” – Jason Gissing
Jason Gissing is one of the co-founders of Ocado.
“We love the way Meat Free Monday helps everyone try out eating more plants, just one easy Monday at a time. At allplants our plant-powered prepared meals are here to help you live fully with our creative and delicious eats that are good for you and the planet” – Jonathan Petrides
Jonathan Petrides is one of the co-founders of allplants which makes chef-prepared, delicious food from plants, freezing them fresh, and delivering them from their London kitchen to doorsteps UK-wide. Whether you choose to go meat free just on a Monday or you’re looking to mix up your weekly diet, allplants aims to make easier people’s journey to a more conscious plant-based future. MFM supporters can get a £10 discount on their first delivery with code ‘meatfreemonday’.
“At Pasta Evangelists, we are firm believers in the power of the Mediterranean Diet, for people and planet alike. This approach emphasises the use of fresh, seasonal vegetables, olive oil and other plant produce. That’s why we’re proud to support Meat Free Monday and launch our very own plant-based pasta range. Buon appetito a tutti!” – Finn Lagun
Finn Lagun is a founding member of the Pasta Evangelists team, based in London. Pasta Evangelists deliver freshly handmade pasta and sauces direct to customers’ homes or offices so they can prepare five-star pasta dishes in five minutes. In April 2019 Pasta Evangelists are launching a selection of plant-based pasta.
“Even the least polluting animal products are many times worse than animal-free foods when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. It’s true that animals can play a useful role in maintaining healthy soils, but there are more efficient ways to look after our soil and, with a ballooning world population, the science is clear that we need to move away from animal products as much as possible. This is why we wholeheartedly support the work of Meat Free Monday.” – Matthew Shribman
#NoBeef is a campaign about the environmental impact of different animal products, founded by science presenter Matthew Shribman. Supported by climate scientists around the world, #NoBeef focuses on encouraging individuals, schools and universities to cut out beef and lamb, since giving up these two meats is the single biggest change the average global citizen can make to reduce their near-term climate impact. Numerous schools and central catering at the University of Cambridge are already aboard.
More Than Carrots
“Thanks to Meat Free Monday’s fantastic campaigns, a lot of people are now aware of the impact our diet has on the environment. I changed my own habits because of this campaign and haven’t looked back. While on my journey, I realised that eating veggie dishes can be very easy at some restaurants, but it is still quite hard at most of them. This often stopped me, especially in the beginning. I started More Than Carrots to make finding restaurants with tempting veggie offerings easy.” – Annette Burgard
Annette Burgard is the Founder of More Than Carrots, a restaurant guide for meat-reducers. Using public ratings and menu analysis, More Than Carrots ranks restaurants for the likelihood that a meat-reducer will be tempted by their veggie options. More Than Carrots’ data is free to use and available on their website. The data will also be integrated in other food apps to make it available to a bigger audience.
“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.
“I’ve been vegetarian since 11 and have seen a huge shift in the perception of vegetarian food and drink since the late eighties. It’s great that I’m now able to showcase the best in vegetarian food by using modern, innovative techniques throughout 1847. We’re always looking at ways to encourage diners to try plant based foods and what perfect way to support this by offering a great discount each and every Monday.” – Damien Davenport
Damian Davenport is the owner the 1847 restaurants which specialise in high quality, locally produced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dining in their restaurants in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed. To celebrate Meat Free Monday, all 1847 restaurants offer 50% off your total bill if you book online quoting MFM.