Fw: Vegetarians gain more options for fine dining with 50% rise in foodie eateries
- Friday 30 April 2010 22.36 BST
Vegetarians gain more options for fine dining with 50% rise in foodie
• Veggie eating boosted by cost, health and green concerns
• Trend for eating less meat fuels rise in demand
[photo] Vanilla Black's gipsy toast with refried beans, tomatoes and
home-made brown sauce. The restaurant is one of only two
Michelin-recommended vegetarian establishments in Britain. Photograph: Gary
Vegetarian food was never really synonymous with fine dining, but today a
new generation of sleek, modern restaurants offering meat-free fine food is
banishing the sector's former reputation.
The number of high-end vegetarian eateries is rising fast, despite the
recession, prompted by culinary innovation by leading chefs, interest in
healthy lifestyles and a growing belief that carnivorous cuisine is bad for
And the majority of the food enthusiasts are the increasing number of
meat-eaters who are now consuming less flesh – so-called "meat-reducers" –
and not the estimated 5 million Britons who are wholly or partly vegetarian.
There are now 30 top-range vegetarian restaurants, up by 50% since 2007,
according to Alex Bourke, founder and compiler of the Vegetarian Guides to
meat-free eating in Britain.