Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant team has blasted the climate change activists who stormed the eatery this weekend.
Activists from the Animal Rebellion group occupied the Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road at 6pm on Saturday. Wearing smart casual clothing, they sat at tables reserved for guests of the high-end restaurant and held mock menus outlining the environmental costs of items served on the venu’s real menu, including steak and veal.
Reacting to the incident, a spokesperson for the restaurant said: ‘Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs.
‘However, to force your way into a restaurant, disturbing hard-working staff going about their jobs and ruining the evening of guests who have waited months for their reservations is incredibly inappropriate and deeply disrespectful.’
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added that while they attended the scene, no one was taken into custody, stating: ‘Police were called to a restaurant in Royal Hospital Road, SW3, shortly before 18.30hrs on Saturday, 19 November to reports of a group of protesters refusing to leave the premises.
‘Officers attended. The restaurant was closed, and the protesters left. There were no arrests.’
Animal Rebellion member Lucia Alexander released a statement on behalf of the group and said Gordon’s restaurant was the ‘perfect example’ of inequality in the UK.
‘Whilst Gordon Ramsay serves food costing a minimum of £155 per person, more than two million people are relying on food banks in this cost-of-living crisis,’ she said.
‘Instead of restaurants making colossal profits at the expense of animals, workers, and our climate, we need to feed everyone by supporting farmers and fishing communities in a transition to a plant-based food system.
‘A plant-based food system requires 75% less farmland to grow food, allowing us to feed millions of additional people without the reliance on exploitative and inefficient animal farming industries. This is the answer to the cost-of-living and climate crises.’
The incident came just hours after a member of Animal Rebellion was arrested after approaching Sir David Attenborough as he dined at another Michelen-star restaurant in Weymouth on Thursday.
Emma Smart, an ecologist from Weymouth, said she wanted a five-minute conversation with the 96-year-old national treasure about the need to address climate change.
However, Dorset Police confirmed that Smart was arrested on Thursday evening after allegedly causing a disturbance and refusing to comply with officers after they asked her to leave.
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