Chef Lola Demille is backing the campaign with a special menu for the week because she is keen to highlight 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 WLT, which is based nearby in 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.
During Meat Free Week, Tom Eagle (sous chef at Darsham Nurseries Café) is writing a daily recipe blog on WLT website.
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.
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. Darsham Nurseries website »
WLT staff have their own Meat Free Week fundraising team, and have already raised more than £400. You can support Meat Free Week by sponsoring the WLT staff team.