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Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) Merit

Rushcliffe Borough Council is working with and encouraging businesses to provide healthier food options on their menus and help customers manage their weight.

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. ‎Hot Logo

The 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.

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 Rushcliffe Borough Council website and social media.


Any business that offers takeaway food in Rushcliffe with a food hygiene rating of 3 or more is eligible to apply.

The merit will last for two years, or before if the takeaway has a change of owner or cuisine. Rushcliffe Borough Council has the righ  t to remove the merit if the food hygiene rating falls below 3.

There is no cost for applying for the merit.

HOT Takeaways

The HOT takeaway finder can be used to find participating businesses in Rushcliffe and other Nottinghamshire districts.

How to apply

Please download a HOT Assessment Editable form and fill out the form using Guidance for Self Assessment .

There are six sections of the self-assessment form and in each section all questions need to 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:

Denise Sawyer

EH Technical Officer

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushcliffe Arena

Rugby Road

West Bridgford



or via email to

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