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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food businesses in Merton that have been awarded the Healthier Catering Commitment award
Name of business ||
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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