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The Flexitarian Restaurant Award

What’s a flexitarian?

For us, being a flexitarian means choosing to eat less but better meat, fish and dairy; it means moving towards a diet that positively impacts your health, the health of the planet and the welfare of animals.

What’s the Flexitarian Restaurant Award?

Our aim is to focus on celebrating good food, promote choice and recognise eateries that are leading the way in modern sustainable eating.

The Flexitarian Restaurant Award is awarded to restaurants who are taking steps to serve more plant-based dishes on their menus, source any animal products they serve from higher welfare producers and to make eating less meat an easy choice for their customers.

The eateries who hold a Flexitarian Restaurant Award have chosen to look at their menus and their practices in order to see if they are in line with our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Green standards and, if necessary, make changes in order to meet those standards. Once we’re happy that those standards are being met too, we award them the Flexitarian Award.

We have core welfare are sustainability standards that all our awarded restaurants are asked to meet. Then, when we award a restaurant Bronze, Silver or Gold we look at:

  • The proportion of meat- and fish free options available
  • Price incentives for meat- and fish free mains
  • Extra steps taken to source high welfare animal products

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Core welfare and sustainability standards:

We ask all our award holders who serve animal products to meet the following standards on animal welfare and sustainability as a minimum:

All meat certified to UK minimum welfare standards*

All eggs from free range hens

All milk organic or from higher welfare assurance schemes*

All wild fish MSC certified*

*So as not to exclude small-scale, local farming and fishing, meat, fish and dairy bought through local supply chains that uphold the same principles of welfare and sustainability as the recognised accreditation schemes are accepted under the award. Please ask restaurant staff for more details of their supply chain assurance.

 

The Flexitarian Restaurant Award team is part of Flexitarian Bristol, and is a small group of volunteers committed to improving the health of people and planet by celebrating a more varied and sustainable approach to eating. We rely on the good faith of the restaurants who hold our award to ensure our standards are being met; while we make every effort to help restaurants by providing clear information about our standards and, where possible, see our standards in action, we unfortunately don’t have the capacity to check total compliance.

What it mean­­­­­­s when you dine somewhere with the Flexitarian Restaurant Award

 

Bronze

  • More meat free and fish free mains
  • At least 25% of mains contain no meat or fish. One or more of these contains no animal products.
  • Price incentives on plant based dishes
  • Meat- and fish free mains are cheaper on average.
  • Welfare – Meet all Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s core welfare standards.

 

Silver

  • More meat free and fish free mains
  • At least 40% of mains contain no meat or fish. Two or more of these contains no animal products.
  • Price incentives on plant based dishes
  • Meat- and fish free mains are 10% cheaper on average.
  • Welfare – Meet all Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s core welfare standards, plus a score of at least 36 out of 52 available points on the Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s higher welfare products reward table.

 

Gold

  • More meat free and fish free mains
  • At least 60% of mains contain no meat or fish. At least half of these contains no animal products.
  • Price incentives on plant based dishes
  • Meat- and fish free mains are 15% cheaper on average.
  • Welfare – Meet all Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s core welfare standards, plus a score of at least 44 out of 52 available points on the Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s higher welfare products reward table.

 

Green

  • This award recognises the positive impacts that eateries serving completely vegetarian or vegan food can have on health and the environment, and the important role they play in making a more plant based diet both commonplace and more readily available.
  • Welfare – If serving eggs and milk, restaurants must meet the Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s core welfare standards for relevant products, plus score at least 8 out of 11 available points for dairy on the Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s higher welfare products reward table.

 

 

The Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s higher welfare products reward table

 

For us, higher welfare means organic, free range or RSPCA Assured. Game should be wild caught and farmed fish, organic.

Restaurants who serve meat need to score at least 5 points from Section 2; this is to ensure that restaurants serving only one kind of meat must source it from higher welfare farms.

Free range eggs and higher welfare milk earns no points since this is required at all levels in our core welfare and sustainability standards.

 

1. Egg & Dairy Points for serving higher welfare 
Eggs 2
Butter 2
Yoghurt 2
Cream 2
British cheese 2 or
OR All cheese 3
2. Farmed meat
Chicken 5
Turkey 5
Duck 5
Goose 5
Pork 5
Beef 5
Lamb 5
3. Game & Fish
Game 4
Farmed fish 4

 

 

What can you do to help promote flexitarianism when you dine out?

  • Look for the Flexitarian Restaurant Award logo on menus and in windows and choose to eat there!
  • Ask to see the Flexi File! Our awarded eateries are asked to keep a publicly available evidence file which will tell you where your meat, fish, eggs and dairy has come from and how it was farmed.
  • Tell your favourite restaurant about the Flexitarian Restaurant Award and encourage them to go for it!