“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.” – 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 was created to lead Pieminister’s British Pie Week 2016 celebrations. The new pie – the Saag Pie-neer – joined the company’s growing range of Vegetarian Society Approved pies and is now a bestseller in Pieminister’s restaurants and in Waitrose.
“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.
Sir Richard Branson
“I love eating meat, but I love our planet even more, so I will join this campaign and stop eating meat at least one day a week.”
A flamboyant and competitive entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s with the setting up of Virgin Atlantic airways and Virgin music record label. He was knighted in 1999.
“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, 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.
Bath Spa University
“At Bath Spa we are proud to be supporting Meat Free Monday as a way of reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our killing of animals, whilst helping people to eat healthier at the same time. It’s imperative, at the current time of ecological crisis, that we reduce our consumption of carbon intensive meat and dairy, and we’re happy to support a global movement that’s addressing this necessary action.” – Cody Moir
Cody Moir is the 2016-2017 Environment and Ethics Officer at Bath Spa University’s Student’s Union. The University considers environmental sustainability in all its activities and uses the Ecocampus scheme to manage impacts. It was ranked 1st out of 46 universities participating in the Student Barometer (a survey conducted around the world) in the Autumn Wave 2016 for “Eco-friendly attitude”.
“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.
“I’m proud to support the Meat Free Monday campaign. I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years and think this is a brilliant and simple way to turn people on to the idea, even as a once-a-week experiment, and promote good health and the environmental benefits of vegetarian life at the same time.”
Laura Bailey is one of Britain’s leading models, the face of Jaguar and also works as a writer.
“We have definitely seen a shift in attitudes with more people embracing the idea of eating less or no meat. The days of meat and two veg are over and pizza particularly lends itself to a vegetarian diet because there are so many possible toppings. Meat Free Monday is a fantastic campaign and, whether they’re already vegetarians or simply looking to eat more meat-free meals, we’re proud to be doing more for our guests.” – Richard Hodgson
Richard Hodgson is CEO of PizzaExpress, an Italian restaurant chain founded in 1965 which now has over 400 restaurants across the UK and a further 30 overseas.
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre
“We encourage our customers to adopt a meat free menu whenever they make use of our venue on a Monday. Even if these individuals only eat a vegetarian meal whilst attending their meeting here, we believe these weekly actions all add up and help reduce our venue’s impact on the planet. We offer a wide selection of cold and hot vegetarian options and try to show that giving up meat one day a week can be simple, healthy and enjoyable.” – Andrew Callan
Andrew Callan is Conference Centre Manager at The Priory Rooms, a Quaker-owned, not-for-profit meeting and conference centre located in the heart of Birmingham. The venue is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way and has a number of initiatives in place to achieve this including serving Fairtrade teas and coffees, using recycled office materials and harvesting rain water to flush a proportion of the toilets.
“Mojo Box’s vision is to inspire people to go meat free without feeling like they’re missing out, which is why we strive to deliver tasty and exciting meals that limit our environmental impact, and what better place to start than Mondays!”
Mojo Box is a start-up business which delivers nutritious and flavoursome bento-style lunch boxes and platters to offices in London. As well as being meat free, Mojo Box uses recycled and/or recyclable packaging, and delivers its food by bicycle whenever possible, in order to limit its carbon footprint.