A hat-trick of healthy eating awards for restaurant chain in south Northamptonshire

Buddies USA - Cllr Bambridge presenting three awards to Gemma Whithey.

Buddies USA - Cllr Bambridge presenting three awards to Gemma Whithey.

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A popular American Diner chain in Northamptonshire is now the proud owner of three awards that prove its commitment to providing healthy eating options to its customers.

The Buddies USA restaurants in Towcester, Old Stratford and Grange Park have all received the Silver Eat Out, Eat Well Award from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

The Eat Out, Eat Well award scheme rewards caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out.

Other silver award winners include The White Hart in Hackleton and Unique Catering in Brackley. Bronze awards have also been presented to The Old Crown in Ashton, The Forum Café in Towcester and The White Hart in Grafton Regis.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The Eat Out, Eat Well scheme benefits both caterers by promoting their business and consumers by helping them make healthier food choices when eating out.

“We are pleased to see that Buddies USA has made a commitment to put its customers first. As the demand for healthier food choices continues to grow, we are keen to work with food businesses in the scheme within the district and encourage caterers to contact us to find out more.”

Gemma Whithey, manager at the Buddies restaurants in Towcester and Old Stratford, said: “We are very happy to have achieved the Silver Eat Out, Eat Well Award for three of our restaurants and are working towards the changes to provide even healthier options and achieve a gold award.”

There are three levels – bronze, silver, and gold. To qualify for the gold award, key members of staff need accredited training in nutrition, which can be offered by SNC and some other Northamptonshire councils.

The award is open to any business serving food to the general public. Those that sign up are visited by specially-trained officers, who will look at the menu, the type of food offered, how it is prepared and how their healthy options are marketed to their customers. For more information go to www.southnorthants.gov.uk/6260.htm.