Restaurants, takeaways, sandwich bars and other caterers in London are being encouraged to sign up to the Healthier Catering Commitment, a voluntary scheme which allows food businesses to apply for an award if they can demonstrate a commitment to offering healthier options.

The scheme is run by the council and is backed by both the Mayor of London and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). There are currently 22 London Boroughs taking part in the scheme.

What are the benefits?

The scheme will be promoted within Merton to increase public awareness of the benefits of eating in premises that offer healthier food and drink options. You will be given a certificate and window sticker to promote your achievement in your premises.

A list of award holders will also appear on this webpage which is regularly accessed by members of the public.

Food businesses in the past have found that participating in the scheme has helped to:

  • Increase the numbers of customers visiting the business
  • Increase secondary spending as people have remained on the premises longer

The scheme publicly recognises caterers who are seen to be;

  • Committed to promoting good health by providing a range of foods that meet customer demands for healthier choices.
  • Committed to providing a good standard of hygiene and food safety by achieving a rating of three or above in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Why should food businesses join the scheme?

Eating well is an important factor in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle related health problems. Nearly half of all adults eat at restaurants or takeaways at least once a week, so food outlets are ideally placed to support people to make healthier choices and eat well.

This voluntary scheme is aimed at encouraging food outlets to reduce the saturated fat and salt content of their food, make smaller portions available and promote healthier alternatives. It is based on the principle that small changes can make big differences.

Who is eligible to participate in the scheme?

All types of catering establishments are eligible to apply for the award under the scheme, including restaurants, canteens, cafes, takeaways, bars, pubs, sandwich bars, caterers and leisure centres.

How do food businesses apply for the award?

If you are interested please contact

Food businesses in Merton that have been awarded the Healthier Catering Commitment award

Name of business Address Date of award
Kebaby 19 London Road, Morden, SM4 5HT September 2015
Fresh Fish Bar 189 Merton Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EE September 2015
Arthur's Cafe 170a Arthur Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8AQ October 2015
YMCA Olympic House 196 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RY October 2015
New Horizons Lunch Club Pollards Hill Community Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1LT October 2015
Rosy Lea Cafe Morden 78 London Road, Morden, SM4 5AZ December 2015
Ganleys Tea Room 43-45 London Road, Morden, SM4 5HT December 2015
Deen City Farm 39 Windsor Avenue, South Wimbledon, SW19 2RR December 2015
Absolute Abode 76-78 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park, SW20 0AX December 2015
Bella Donna 87 London Road, Morden, SM4 5HP December 2015
Gino's 6-8 Upper Green East, Mitcham, CR4 2PA January 2016
Jaspers Catering Unit 14, Boundary Business Court, 92-94 Church Road, Mitcham, CR4 3TD January 2016
Subway 64 London Road, Morden, SM4 5BE January 2016
Lu-Ma Cafe 43 Worple Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4JZ February 2016
Guild Cafe The Wimbledon Guild, Guild House, 30-32 Worple Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4ET February 2016
Shree Ghanapathy Temple 125-133 Effra Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8PU February 2016
Ting n Ting Unit 2 The Pavilions, Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, SW19 2RD March 2016
Ban Yai Unit 6 The Long Shop, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, SW19 2RD March 2016
Verona 20 Morden Court Parade, London Road, Morden, SM4 5HJ March 2016
Gosto Fino Civic Centre Catering, 100 London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX March 2016
Rockstar Sushi Bar Unit 5 The Long Shop, 16 Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, SW19 2RD March 2016
Bliss Coffee 264 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB April 2016
La Violetta Unit 11 The Lond Shop, 16 Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, SW19 2RD April 2016
Al Forno 2A Kings Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8QN May 2016
Polka Theatre Cafe Polka Theatre, 238-244 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB May 2016
BBQ Pasha 450 Durnsford Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8DZ July 2016
Eddie Catz 42 Station Road, Colliers Wood, SW19 2LP July 2016
New Horizons Cafe Pollards Hill Community Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1LT September 2016
Gosto Fino Catering Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX October 2016

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