Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT)

Ordering a takeaway may no longer have to be such a guilty pleasure with the launch of the Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT).

Keep an eye out for HOT-rated local food businesses when you order a takeaway to find healthier food options. The scheme isn't about stopping you from having a takeaway. It is about promoting the healthier options.

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.

Get your business HOT-rated

You can apply for a HOT Merit award if you’re a takeaway business that has a food hygiene rating of 3 or above. The merit will last for 2 years, or before if the takeaway has a change of owner or cuisine. We have the right to remove the merit if the food hygiene rating falls below 3.

There is no cost for applying for this merit.

Making small changes

Many takeaways, restaurants, cafés 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. By making small changes to what is offered or how food is prepared, cooked or served, you can offer more choice for your customers.

There are lots of simple steps you can take 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
  • offering smaller portion options for adults

This Merit recognises takeaways offering healthier options and implementing small changes to their menus. By achieving the Merit, you’re showing a commitment to helping our local communities to lead healthier lives.

Other benefits include:

  • increasing customer choice
  • increasing customer satisfaction and sales
  • enhancing the reputation of your business
  • receiving a certificate and promotional material to display in your premises
  • recognition of your achievement through Newark and Sherwood District Council’s website and social media

How to apply

Download a HOT self assessment form (PDF File, 1,174kb) and fill out the form using our HOT guidance (PDF File, 258kb).

There are six sections in the form and all questions must be completed. Please provide comments to help us understand how exactly you are meeting the criteria, this might be examples of what you do or changes you have made.

Once complete please send the form to: Health Improvement Officer, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, Notts, NG24 1BY or via email to

Success stories

Search the online directory for HOT suppliers across Nottinghamshire. Or find our local suppliers in the table below.

Local HOT businesses and their specific healthy option pledges

Davison's Bakery
5 Appletongate
NG24 1JR

01636 605525
  • offer pasta as an option
  • offer low fat cheese
  • offer low fat salad dressings
BJ Bakery
79-81a Mansfield Road
NG21 0RB

01636 793864
  • offer low fat cheese
  • use wholemeal pasta
  • use FryLite when requested
Donna B's Tasty Bite
146 Northgate
NG24 1HJ

01636 640600
  • not to offer salt with meals
  • highlight healthier options to customers
  • offer low fat salad dressings
Milano's Pizza
Forest Road
New Ollerton
NG22 9PL

01623 8620000
  • use less cheese topping
  • reduce salt usage
  • ensure fryer oil is at optimum temperature
  • to reduce fat intake
Rumbles Cafe
Vicar Water
Mansfield Road
NG21 9AA

01623 424836
  • 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
NG22 9DN

01623 827400 
  • remove salt from the tables
  • offer low fat spread instead of butter
  • use sunflower oil instead of olive oil
The Soup Dwagon
Mobile caterer
Chain Lane
(Tuesday to Saturday)
  • remove salt from the tables
  • offer low fat spread instead of butter
  • use sunflower oil instead of olive oil
Whitepost Farm tea rooms
Mansfield Road
NG22 8HL


  • 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