Flexitarian Restaurant Awards Standards Guidance

Welcome to the Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s Standards. This guidance explains what we expect from our restaurants!

The award has four levels of standards: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Green Awards

Bronze
At least 25% of mains contain no meat or fish. One or more of these contains no animal products.
Meat- and fish free mains are cheaper on average.
Meet all Flexitarian Restaurant Award’s core welfare standards.


Silver
At least 40% of mains contain no meat or fish. Two or more of these contains no animal products. 

Meat- and fish free mains are 10% cheaper on average.
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
At least 60% of mains contain no meat or fish. At least half of these contains no animal products.

Meat- and fish free mains are 15% cheaper on average.
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.
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.


Animal Welfare Standards

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

All meat certified to UK minimum welfare standards*
All eggs from free range hens
All milk organic or 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, subject to the discretion of the Flexitarian Restaurant Award team.

 

How will we check compliance?

Just so you know, we are a voluntary organisation so checking total compliance with our standards isn’t practical. Restaurants self-certify so we rely on customers to check their restaurants as well as the good faith of restaurants and their moral obligation to customers and the environment!

When restaurants complete their application form, we ask them to return sample menus and some information about the animal products you purchase. We also ask them to provide evidence that they are indeed purchasing those products and to sign a declaration saying so. Finally, we ask that all awarded eateries keep a public file onsite so that anyone wanting more information on the animal products on award winning restaurant menus will be able to do so!