Article date: 17 Jul 2013
Wetherspoon has been named as the leading pub chain for children’s meals.
Its children’s menu was voted the third best in the UK among major pub and restaurant chains and number one amongst pubs.
The Out to Lunch campaign from the Soil Association and Organix analysed the content of meals as well as overall provision for children at 21 high street chains.
A number of pub and restaurant chains were criticised for concentrating their menus on nuggets, burgers and sausages and also failing to provide vegetables or fruit.
Out to Lunch co-ordinator, Amy Leech, said: "Wetherspoon is leading the way in some key areas. It’s great to see UK produced ham and sausages on its menu and the pubs certainly do their bit to top up children’s 5-a-day.
"Parents surveyed really rated the welcome given to children at Wetherspoon pubs."
Wetherspoon’s senior food development manager, Jameson Robinson, said: "We are very pleased to be recognised for the work we have undertaken on our children’s menu.
"Wetherspoon serves more than two million children’s meals each year across our pubs and appreciate the importance of sourcing UK ingredients and offering balanced meals.
"We know that there is still more work to do to enhance the menu further, including offering varying portion sizes and we will be working towards this."
The children’s menu features a variety of dishes from a vegetarian cheesy pasta with peas and broccoli to a favourite of chicken breast nuggets served with a choice of chips or mashed potato, peas or beans. The menu also contains the very trendy hot dog and a family favourite Sunday roast. All meals include a drink and a fresh bag of fruit.
Each dish on the menu is highlighted with its good food messages showing parents which meals contain part of their ‘Five-a-day’, free range eggs, Red Tractor logo and 100 per cent chicken breast”.