meat free week Darsham Nurseries Café

Darsham Nurseries Café is offering a different meat free dish every day from 23-29 March to support the UK’s first Meat Free Week.

Chef Lola Demille is backing the campaign with a special menu for the week because she is keen to highlight – for just seven days – the impact eating too much meat has on human health, animal welfare and the environment.

She told us: “It’s undeniable most of us eat too much meat. By bringing fresh garden veg to the fore, and with careful use of quality ingredients, we hope to show that reducing your meat consumption needn’t be such a hardship.”

For every Meat Free Week dish of the day served, the café will donate £1 to World Land Trust, which is based in nearby Halesworth.

Celebrating its first anniversary in April 2015, Darsham Nurseries Café serves simple and honest food using only the freshest ingredients. The café’s menu combines sustainably produced meat with vegetables, herbs and fruit grown in the nursery.

Meat Free Week was founded in Australia and launches in the UK in 2015. The campaign aims to encourage people to consider all aspects of meat production and consumption including human health, animal welfare and environmental impact.

Anyone can sign up for the Meat Free Week challenge to go without meat and seafood, for seven days. By asking friends and family to sponsor the challenge, supporters of Meat Free Week are raising money for three UK charities – Beating Bowel Cancer, Compassion in World Farming and World Land Trust.

The campaign has attracted a wide range of supporters including leading chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver.

Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney are also supporting Meat Free Week. They say: “Taking part in Meat Free Week is a fun and easy way to have a positive impact on the planet and on our health. Enjoy!”


Darsham Nurseries Café is on the A12, next to Darsham railway station (Suffolk IP17 3PW).

Breakfast: from 8.30am. Lunch: 12-3pm. Drinks and cakes: 3-4.30pm.

Sunday Brunch: 12- 3.30pm. Reservations (01728) 667022.

Darsham Nursery & Shop: Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5pm. Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

“I’m a passionate meat lover, but I fully support Meat Free Week – it’s a wonderful excuse to focus on the incredible bounty, flavours and colours of veggies. There’s no question from what world experts are telling us that having more of a plant-based diet, and eating less meat, is the key to a longer, healthier life, and super good for the planet too,” he said.

More information

Contact Lola Demille for details of Darsham Nurseries Café and the special Meat Free Week menu: (01728) 667022

Café Blog

Find out more about Meat Free Week via a daily blog written Tom Eagle, sous chef at Darsham Nurseries Café:

Meat Free Week: facts

  Britons eat more than double the world average of meat consumption (at 41.9kg per person)

  High consumption of red and processed meat is associated with colon cancer and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes

 The British are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. According to the European Food Information Council, the national average falls well short of the 400g minimum consumption recommended by the World Health Organisation

 Livestock and meat production have been identified as major contributors to deforestation and climate change worldwide
 At a time when some 800 million people suffer from malnutrition, one third of the world’s cereal harvest is fed to farm animals – enough to feed almost three billion people

 Two thirds of farm animals (over 50 billion) in the world are now factory farmed each year. It is the number one cause of animal cruelty in the world today

Meat Free Week: website is packed with information on the campaign as well as delicious meat free recipes and information on how to register to take part.

Meat Free Week: charities

world land trust

World Land Trust (WLT)

Based in Halesworth, World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife. The mission of World Land Trust is: To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world; To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species; To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas; To raise awareness, in the UK and elsewhere, of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising.

Compassion in World Farming (CWF)

Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by a British dairy farmer who became horrified at the development of intensive factory farming. Today CWF is the leading farm animal welfare organisation dedicated to ending factory farming and achieving humane and sustainable food. With headquarters in the UK, CWF has offices across Europe in the US, China and South Africa.

Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer. The charity provides vital practical and emotional help – on the phone, digitally and face to face. The charity is proud to run the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer which patients call a ‘lifeline’.


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