About Those Veggie Myths

The trouble with being veggie is something many people don’t appreciate, I’d like to disprove some myths, oh and at the risk of seeming like Lord Grumpington Of Tetchy Heath I do mean proper veggie, not but I eat chicken/fish veggie, BUT we’ll come onto that later.

My ire has been raised by a restaurant that it turns out only has a veggie dish as a special, and I could have snacks if I went with friends for dinner there. To be fair to them they are far from alone, it is an often repeated sentiment, but I think it is bobbins in the modern world. Roughly 10% of the UK population are veggie and so your closing off sales to 1 in ten potential customers, in London the land of tourists this could actually be a higher ratio. Is it really that hard to provide even 1 option.

Oh yeah options, enough with the goats cheese tarts, stuffed mushroom, or simple pasta that are in general the option I find somewhat universal in low effort eateries. I love food and want to be excited, I can give you ideas if you want.

And while we are discussing eating out, if your waiting on tables try not to be sexist by presuming the veggie option is for any female members of the dining party rather than me.

Incidentally I’m not squeamish about meat, I used to be quite the carnivore and even had a part-time job hog roasting pigs, it’s the ethics I can’t abide anymore, for  me meat is murder (it’s also an album by The Smiths, go check it out).

I am healthy and far happier as a non-meat eater, just let me be, you don’t have to apologise for eating meat, or justify why you do, I’m all about free choice, this is mine, I accept yours, accept mine. It isn’t because I’m somehow not masculine, Robert Millar king of the mountains in cycling a brutally hard thing in cycling was veggie, Mike Tyson is a vegan, see not effeminate. I’m not inferior because of it, I still get protein etc, just in a different delivery vehicle.

So there we go, that’s the rant over, so stop saying I bet you’d kill for a bacon sandwich, stop insulting me, and let me be, and if you could let me be with a better restaurant menu, well that would be just peachy.


Oh and Hitler wasn’t a veggie so stop saying it to me.

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments


  1. I love veggie food too, it’s alway so annoying when the choice is limited to just one veggie item. Or the ramen is made out of bones!!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  2. You’re a funny man. I agree completely, of course, being a vegan. I particularly relate to what you said about the veggie food always being delivered to the women. My boyfriend is a big rugby carnivore type and so when there’s a steak being ordered or a beer or chips they all get put in front of him! All the milkshakes and salads and cakes come to me. So we have to sort it all out before we can eat our gender-inappropriate food :/


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