Healthier options takeaways (HOT) merit

What is a healthier option takeaway?

A HOT takeaway is an outlet that has been merited for making positive changes and being committed to offering healthier ways of preparing, cooking and displaying food and drink to their customers.

Bassetlaw District Council are working with and encouraging businesses to provide healthier food options on their menus which will help to promote a healthy lifestyle for their consumers.

The scheme enables food businesses in Bassetlaw to apply for a Merit award, if they are a takeaway business that has a food hygiene rating of 3 or above.

The HOT Merit aims to increase accessibility and awareness of healthier options in takeaway outlets.  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, takeaways can offer more choice for their customers.

This merit recognises takeaways outlets 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 being added to an online database on the Nottinghamshire County Council website


Any business who offers takeaway food in Bassetlaw, with a food hygiene rating of 3 or more, is eligible to apply.

The merit will last for a year, or before is the takeaway has a change of owner or cuisine.

Bassetlaw District Council has the right to remove the merit if the food hygiene rating falls below 3.

How to apply

Please download a self-assessment form from the Nottinghamshire County Council and fill out the form using guidance and examples for the criteria.

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. Please attach any copies of menus you may have to the form.

Once completed please send the form to:-

Andrea Stewart (Lead Food Officer), Environmental Health Services, Bassetlaw District Council, Queen’s Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 2AH or send it by email:

Last Updated on Friday, September 29, 2023