“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.
“Like Meat Free Monday, we believe that reducing meat consumption is essential to solving the climate crisis. Meat Free Monday’s campaign is a fantastic and inspiring way to help people take the first step and show them that a climate-friendly diet can be delicious, too.” – Fabian Kreipl
Fabian Kreipl is the CEO and co-founder of vanilla bean, the vegan restaurant guide. vanilla bean’s free app and website helps people find delicious meat free meals on the go and highlights which restaurants use organic, local, and fair-trade ingredients or offer gluten-free options.
“We support Meat Free Monday as we share the same mission to help people cook delicious meat-free meals. Every one of our recipe kits are either vegetarian or vegan, and by swapping some of your evening meals with plant-powered goodness, you can make a significant impact on your health and on the health of the environment. Plus, 10p from each kit is donated to fund free community cooking courses for families in need.” – Justine Fish
Justine Fish is one of the Co-Founders of Make Kit, a London-based startup that produces and delivers 100% meat-free meal kits. The company aims to make cooking vegetarian or vegan easy and delicious, and every purchase helps fund the company’s community healthy eating programmes.
“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 Monday will encourage students to ditch meat. I know that students who participate will see great advantages – it’s better for your health, it’s better for the planet and it’s easier than ever before to be vegan.” – Andrew McAnallen
Andrew McAnallen is vice-president for Academic and Student Affairs at Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU), Coleraine. Established in 1984, UUSU is a membership-led organisation which represents over 26,000 full and part -time Ulster students across four campuses – Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee.
“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.
“We, at Mziuri Cafe, are excited to be the first social enterprise cafe in the Caucasus to join the Meat Free Monday campaign. For us it’s not just about inclusiveness, or the love of Beatles. It’s about offering our vegetarian and meat loving customers delicious dishes so that they enjoy the amazing tastes of our vegetarian salads, soups and coffee.” – Anna Goguadze
Anna Goguadze is the Founder of the Mziuri Cafe, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Situated in one of the city’s most beautiful parks, the cafe functions as a social enterprise, with profits being reinvested into the development of the park. Social responsibility is a key part of the business and the cafe is the first in Georgia to be accessible to blind and visually impaired customers and those using wheelchairs. The Mziuri Cafe started supporting MFM in April, 2017, replacing meat dishes with vegan alternatives on Mondays.
“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.
“With the ever growing shift of consumers looking for a change and variety in their diets we thought it was important to diversify our offerings and show that we really care about all our guests options and needs. Joining the Meat Free Monday Campaign has given us a platform to celebrate a positive and healthy lifestyle. Diversifying our menu gave us the opportunity to explore and create delicious pizzas, coffees, cocktails and desserts using the simplest and healthiest of ingredients.” – Matthew Farrell
Matthew Farrell he is one of the directors of Graffiti Spirits Group which owns Santa Maluco, a Rodizio (all you can eat) style pizza restaurant in the heart of Liverpool. Santa Maluco combines Brazilian flare mixed with some old authentic Italian traditions and offers Vegan Mondays where all pizzas are fully plant based.
University of East Anglia
“This motion was passed with the intention of having a positive impact by cutting down on the amount of meat consumed by students on campus. Through having delicious meat free alternatives for one day UEA students can still get all the protein and vitamins they need whilst taking themselves out of environmentally and ethically degrading system of animal husbandry and fishing which kills 20,000 land animals and 40,000 sea-dwellers every second.” – Rob Klim
Rob Klim is the Ethical Issues Officer at the UEA Students’ Union, which leads campaigns to create positive change and allows students to shape their educational experience.