A Sleaford fish and chip restaurant has been presented with a healthy eating award by its county council.
The Elite Fish & Chip Company is one of only two restaurants in the area to achieve a Healthier Options award from Lincolnshire County Council for helping customers to make better choices.
Actions include offering smaller portions, grilled and poached fish options, fish without batter, salads and swapping chips for a jacket potato.
The award is part of a wider scheme launched this week by Lincolnshire County Council, Public Health England and district councils to help small and medium-sized food outlets make healthier changes to their food menu and preparation.
Rachel Tweedale, co-director at The Elite Fish & Chip Company, manages the Sleaford restaurant and takeaway. She said: “We’re delighted to be named as one of only two restaurants in Lincolnshire to gain the status of a healthy food place.
“We’ve always been keen to try new and alternative things at the Elite and are constantly adapting our menu to reflect seasonal trends and produce, so it’s fantastic to be recognised for our efforts in striving to be more than a traditional fish and chip food establishment.
“Eating habits are changing all the time and we’ve seen that people are opting for alternatives such as smaller portions, fish without batter, salads and even a jacket potato instead of chips. We offer all those options and, rather than limiting our menu, aim to cater for everyone.
“Our light bite, grilled and poached fish options are testament to our consideration for all customers and we’re pleased to be able to give them a choice when dining out."
Speaking of the scheme, Councillor Sue Woolley, chair of the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "It’s a great way of providing healthier eating opportunities across the county. The aim is not to force people to eat healthier options, but to make them easier to find for those who want them when eating out.”