Eat Out Eat Well

Did you know that the average person eats one in every six meals out of home in restaurants, cafes and other locations, and if snacks and 'grab and go' food are added in, men get about quarter of their calories when eating out and women about a fifth?

Eating out is part of everyday life, but it shouldn't always have to involve unhealthy eating. We're used to making choices based on calorie content and other factors when we buy and consume our food, and eating out shouldn't be any different. Having healthy options on the menu are important when making the decision to eat well and stay healthy.

That's why Suffolk has developed a new award scheme for caterers called 'Eat Out, Eat Well'. Working in conjunction with environmental health teams at the county's district and borough councils, this will reward caterers for offering healthier food choices to customers.

Most catering premises that serve food to the public are eligible for the award, including restaurants, cafes, hotels, workplace and hospital restaurants and pubs. The level of award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how businesses promote healthy choices to their customers. The higher the score the higher the level of award.

Some examples of how these healthier options will work in practice are:

  • using healthier catering practices, such as grilling instead of frying
  • increasing fruit, vegetables, and starchy carbohydrates
  • decreasing levels of fat (especially saturated fat), sugar and salt in food
  • providing healthier options for children

Look out for the Eat Out Eat Well symbol when you eat out for a commitment to healthier choices.

Why healthy eating matters

Research by the Food Standards Agency suggested that consumers felt that healthy eating was an important influencing factor when deciding what food to eat both inside and outside the home. Obesity is a growing epidemic in the UK and causes more than 30,000 deaths a year in England alone. Diet plays a major role in heart disease and has been linked to some cancers. It's more important than ever for food outlets to help consumers make the right choices.

Do you run a business? Why the award is good for you and your customers

If you run a catering business, you could make a huge contribution to improving your customers' diet and health by providing healthier food choices.

You'll have public recognition for achieving the award and could enhance your image as a responsible business that puts its customers first. It could give you a competitive edge and increase customer satisfaction as the demand for healthier choices continue to grow - many manufacturers and retailers who have introduced healthier options are seeing growth in sales.

This free award is open to all types of catering establishment that cater for the general public. This could include restaurants, cafes, canteens, catering businesses and more.

How to apply

To achieve an award your business will be assessed against certain criteria that are based on the principles of a healthy balanced diet, such as keeping fat, sugar and salt to a minimum, making fruit and vegetables widely available and basing main meals on starchy carbohydrates. You will also be assessed on marketing and promotion of healthier options. The award is free for businesses to enter. If you are interested in achieving an Eat Out, Eat Well award, the first step is to contact Healthy Suffolk.

Take Out, Eat Well

Alongside the main Eat Out, Eat Well award, we have introduced equivalent criteria for take away restaurants entitled Take Out, Eat Well.

Award holders in our region

NameTypeAddressAward Level
Aldeburgh Cafe Cafe Hall Farm Shop
Saxmundham Road
Aldeburgh IP15 5JD
The Alex Restaurant/Cafe 123 Undercliff Road West
Felixstowe IP11 2AF
The Anchor Restaurant The Street
Walberswick IP18 6UA
Angel Hotel Hotel/Restaurant Thoroughfare
Halesworth IP19 8AH
The Bell Inn Restaurant Ferry Lane
Walberswick IP18 6TN
Blue & Berry Cafe 103-105 Hamilton Road
Felixstowe IP11 7BL
Cafe East (Vertas) Cafe Riverside
4 Canning Road
Lowestoft NR33 0EQ
The Farm Cafe and Shop Cafe Main Road
Marlesford IP13 0AG
Felixstowe Leisure Centre Cafe Undercliff Road West
Felixstowe IP11 2AE
Focus Organic Retail/Cafe 14 Thoroughfare
Halesworth IP19 8AH
Fox Inn Restaurant The Street
Newbourne IP12 4NY
Framlingham College School Kitchen College Road
Framlingham IP13 9EY
Brandeston Hall (Framlingham Prep) School Kitchen Brandeston Hall
Hall Road
Brandeston IP13 7AH
Gracies Kitchen Restaurant/Cafe 69 High Street
Leiston IP16 4BX
Graze at The White Horse Café/Bar/Grill 29 New Market
Beccles NR34 9HE
The Greenhouse Cafe Café 5 Orwell Road
Felixstowe, IP11 7HE
Greggs Cafe/retail 13 New Market
Beccles, NR34 9HD
Greggs Cafe/retail 35 Hamilton Road
Felixstowe IP11 7BB
Greggs Cafe/retail 65-67 London Road North
Lowestoft NR32 1LS
Greggs Cafe/retail Unit 1A Betts Avenue
Martlesham Heath IP5 3RH
The Harbour Inn Pub - Restaurant Black Shore
Southwold IP18 6TA
Honey & Harvey Cafe

56 Thoroughfare
Woodbridge IP12 1AL

Honey & Harvey Cafe

Unit 1
Riduna Park
Station Road
Melton IP12 1QT

The Little Ice Cream Company Cafe

59-61 Undercliff Rd East
Felixstowe IP11 2AD

Marina Theatre Trust Cafe

Marina Theatre
Lowestoft NR32 1HH

Milsoms at Kesgrave Hall Restaurant Hall Road
Kesgrave IP5 2PU
The Plough Pub - Restaurant High Street
Wangford NR34 8AZ
Richardson's Family
Entertainment Centre
Cafe/Restaurant 11 Capital Trading Estate
Rant Score
Whapload Road
Lowestoft NR32 1TY
Simply delicious Cafe/Restaurant 70 High Street
Leiston IP16 4BZ
The Stables Cafe and Sandwich Shop Cafe/Restaurant Unit 1, Brightwell Barns
Waldringfield Road, Brightwell IP10 0BJ
Swan Hotel Hotel/Restaurant Market Place
Southwold IP18 6EG
The Tea Pot Tea Room Cafe/Restaurant 70A High Street
Wickham Market IP13 0QU
Turks Head Inn Restaurant Low Rd
Hasketon IP13 6JG
Twyfords Cafe Twyfords House
Exchange Square
Beccles NR34 9HL
Waveney House Hotel Hotel/Restaurant Puddingmoor
Beccles NR34 9PL
Wilford Bridge (Deben Inns) Restaurant Wilford Bridge Road
Melton IP12 2PA