HOT merit

Ordering a takeaway may no longer have to be such a guilty pleasure with the launch of the Healthier Options Takeaway. The HOT scheme is just one approach to help tackle the national obesity problem, giving people more options and showing that there can be a healthier alternative without compromising on taste.

We are working with and encouraging local food businesses to provide healthier food options on their menus and help customers manage their weight. The scheme isn't about stopping people from having a takeaway but promoting healthier options.

We are implementing a Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) Merit scheme, where you can apply for a Merit award if you are a take away business that has a food hygiene rating of 3 or above. ‎

Testimonials from current HOT takeaways

HOT logoThe HOT Merit aims to increase accessibility and awareness of healthier options in takeaway outlets.

Many takeaways, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops already offer healthier options for their customers and display information about this on their menus. Other food outlets may offer healthier options, without realising or promoting it. With making small changes to what is offered or how food is prepared, cooked or served, takeaways can offer more choice for their customers.

There are lots of simple steps businesses can make without compromising on taste, for example:

  • Offering to grill, bake, poach or steam food instead of frying it
  • Removing salt from tables and counters
  • Switching to wholegrain pasta, brown rice or wholegrain bread
  • Offering a vegetable side or salad as part of a meal option
  • Switching from double cream to single cream, yoghurt or half fat cream fraiche in recipes
  • Promoting water or low sugar drinks, or
  • Offering smaller portion options for adults

This merit recognises those takeaways that offer healthier options and implement small changes to their menus. By achieving the merit, your business will be seen to be committed to supporting local communities to lead healthier lives. Other benefits include:

  • Increasing customer choice
  • Increasing customer satisfaction and sales
  • Enhancing reputation of the business
  • Receiving a certificate and promotional material to display in premises
  • Recognition of achievement through Newark and Sherwood District Council website and social media

Success stories

Congratulations to food businesses in our district who have been awarded the Nottinghamshire Healthier Option Takeaway merit.

The merit aims to increase the availability and awareness of healthier options in takeaway outlets. Each business must make three pledges offer healthier options.

Awarded businesses and their HOT pledges

Davison's Bakery
5 Appletongate
Newark
Notts
NG24 1JR
01636 605525
FHRS: 5
  • Offer pasta as an option
  • Offer low fat cheese
  • Offer low fat salad dressings
BJ Bakery
79-81a Mansfield Road
Blidworth
Notts
NG21 0RB
01636 793864
FHRS: 5
  • Offer low fat cheese
  • Use wholemeal pasta
  • Use FryLite when requested
Donna B's Tasty Bite
146 Northgate
Newark
Notts
NG24 1HJ
01636 640600
FHRS: 5
  • Not to offer salt with meals
  • Highlight healthier options to
    customers
  • Offer low fat salad dressings
Milano's Pizza
Forest Road
New Ollerton
Notts
NG22 9PL
01623 8620000
FHRS: 5
  • Use less cheese topping
  • Reduce salt usage
  • Ensure fryer oil is at optimum temperature to reduce fat intake
Rumbles Cafe
Vicar Water
Mansfield Road
Clipstone
Notts
NG21 9AA
01623 424836
FHRS: 4
  • Make and sell a fat free cake
  • Offer soft cheese as a lower fat alternative
  • Make and advertise children's meal chip-free (unless asked for)

Dining In
Center Parcs
Sherwood Forest
Newark 
NG22 9DN
01623 827400 
FHRS: 5

  • Offered steamed rice as an alternative to fried rice
  • Ensure that salads remain on the menu
  • Provide half size portions at reduced price when asked for

The Soup Dwagon
Mobile caterer
Newark Market Place (Saturdays)

  • Remove salt from the tables
  • Offer low fat spread instead of butter
  • Use sunflower oil instead of olive oil

Kelham Hall Ltd
Kelham Hall
Newark
NG23 5QX
FHRS: 3

  • Offer wholemeal bread
  • Offer low fat cheese
  • Re-introduce salad boxes

Whitepost Farm tea rooms
Mansfield Road,
Farnsfield,
NG22 8HL
FHRS: 5

  • Swap from white pasta to wholemeal
  • Continue to provide fruit pots for children as a healthy snack
  • Ensure staff are trained to suggest healthier alternatives 
    wherever possible.

Kitchen 52
Unit 4 Martindale Lane,
Newark,
NG24
FHRS: 5

  • Always offer customers the nutritional data for every item of food
    they order
  • Offer sugar free desserts
  • Offer customers guidance and information on healthier diets

Sam's Workplace
37 Preston Road
Rainworth
NG21 0BA

  • Buy lower salt and sugar baked beans as standard
  • Increase salad options to include onions and peppers if required
  • Look at including sugar free sweets in their range

Teapots & Teacups Cafe
10/11 Saracens Head Yard,
Newark,
NG24 1XA
FHRS: 5

  • Introduce takeaway salads
  • Give more dairy & gluten free options for puddings
  • When doing 'specials' offer at least one healthy alternative

Carriages Cafe
Newark Castle Station,
Newark,
NG24 1BL
FHRS: 5

  • Offer unsweetened juice options
  • Give free filtered water to customer as a refill option
  • Promote the healthy menu more

Pastability
17 Catergate,
Newark,
NG24 1UA
FHRS: 5

  • Offer a variety of slads freshly made to order and daily
    vegetables & gluten free/wholewheat pastas
  • Offer gluten free & wholemeal bread options to breakfast and 
    lunches
  • We use semi-skimmed milk for all our drinks and cooking and 
    offer an option of skimmed milk

Dinner Jackets
8 Lombard Street,
Newark,
NG24 1XB
FHRS: 4

  • Use semi-skimmed milk in milkshakes
  • Make customers aware that extra salad is available with their
    meal
  • Give all customers the option of whether they would like butter
    adding to their potato

Gannets
35 Castlegate,
Newark,
NG24 1AZ
FHRS: 5

  • Train staff to ask customers for their preferred healthier cooking
    method
  • Have a competitively priced healthy option available each week
  • Offer salad with every meal

Cafe 17
17 Castlegate,
Newark,
NG24 1AZ,
FHRS:5

  • Add salad to the menu
  • Offer quorn options for vegetarians
  • Offer non-dairy alternative for hot drinks

Old Bakery Tearooms
4 Queens Head Court,
Newark,
NG24 1EL
FHRS:5

  • Advertise extra salad
  • Offer soya milk
  • Offer sweetners instead of sugar

Lifespring Centre
Sherwood Drive,
New Ollerton,
NG22 9PP

  • Offer plant based milk
  • 10% discount to slimming world and WW group members
  • Offer sugar free syrups as an alternative to full sugar syrups
    from coffees and milkshakes

Alfresco Cafe
10 Queen Street,
Southwell,
NG25 0AA
FHRS:5

  • Use sunflower oil in cooking and any butter will be given to 
    customers as a portion
  • Continue to provide salads on the menu and offer homemade
    foods
  • Continue to offer a wide range of flavoured low calorie waters
    and offer skimmed milk, soya and almond alternatives

Healthier Options Takeaway

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Newark and Sherwood District Council

Castle House
Great North Road
Newark
Notts
NG24 1BY 

01636 655990

environmental.health
@nsdc.info

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