The Pitman Vegetarian Hotel

The Pitman Vegetarian Hotel was a hotel that opened in 1898 in the County Buildings (now Grade II* listed), Corporation Street, Birmingham, England, as an expansion of a vegetarian restaurant on the same site. The manager was James Henry Cook.[1] According to his daughter, Kathleen Keleny, it was named after Sir Isaac Pitman, then vice-president of the Vegetarian Society.[2] It was still operating in the 1930s.

County Buildings (right hand half was the restaurant)
Plaque to James Henry Cook

The same proprietor ran the Pitman Health Food Co. (also called Pitman Reform Food Stores) at Aston Brook Street, Birmingham, advertising in 1909 as "The Largest Health Food Dealers in the World".[3] Selling direct and by mail order, it manufactured meat-free products including Pitman Sea-Side Paste, Pitman Savoury Nut Meat, Nuto Cream, Brazose Meat, Vigar Extract, Vegsal Soups and Fruitarian Cakes and wafers. It also sold cooking utensils such as the Pitman Steam Cooker, a multilevel boiler and steamer.[citation needed]

Mahatma Gandhi is known to have received jars of Nuto Cream and Nuto Cream Soup from the company.[4]

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  1. ^ Shurtleff, William; Aoyagi, Akiko (6 January 2014). History of Seventh-day Adventist Work with Soyfoods, Vegetarianism, Meat Alternatives, Wheat Gluten, Dietary Fiber and Peanut Butter (1863-2013): Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook. Soyinfo Center. ISBN 9781928914648.
  2. ^ Elkes, Neil (18 October 2017). "New future for hotel building where Mahatma Gandhi ate". birminghammail. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ Shurtleff, William; Aoyagi, Akiko (18 December 2014). History of Meat Alternatives (965 CE to 2014): Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook. Soyinfo Center. ISBN 9781928914716.
  4. ^ "Correspondence : 1948 - 1969". Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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