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 helen.ellison@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

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 pledges

BusinessPledge

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

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,

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.