Out To Lunch

Our Out to Lunch campaign is dishing up the truth. We've worked with an army of parent secret diners to rank children’s food in 25 of the UK’s most popular restaurant chains, from Jamie's Italian to Burger King.

Transforming children's food

Thanks to our secret diner families, Out to Lunch is catalysing a transformation of children’s food on the high street – many restaurants are now prioritising child health and investing in healthier and more creative meal options. But there is still a national scandal unfolding in plain sight: 75% of UK parents say they are worried by the portion size of children’s puddings when they eat out. We found that renegade chains are ignoring parent concerns by dishing up super-sized calorific junk, undermining national efforts to tackle childhood obesity.

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Noticeable improvement

Despite continuing poor practice, the Out to Lunch league table shows that children’s food on the high street has undergone notable improvement since the campaign launched in 2013. There are now 13 chains now serve a portion of veg or salad with every meal (up from 6 chains in 2013) and 12 chains that include organic ingredients on the menu (up from 6 chains in 2015). In response to the 2017 league table, Pizza Hut and TGI Friday’s have committed to discontinuing free refills of sugary drinks throughout their restaurants from March 2018.

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Who came top?

Restaurants have a big role to play in influencing what children think good food looks like – going out used to be seen as a treat, but our new research shows it’s more common now with 40% of parents eating out with their kids at least once a fortnight. Meanwhile, 66% of parents say they don’t think kids’ food in restaurants is good enoughJamie’s Italian topped the table with a score of 75 out of 90, and Strada was the biggest climber, moving an impressive 16 places to 3rd position. 

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70 million the number of meals that Out To Lunch has improved whilst working with secret diner families

2016: Exposing the truth behind the food served at family attractions

Not content with just improving the food in the UK's most popular restaurant chains, in 2016 we also went undercover to see what visitor attractions were taking your family for a ride.

We worked with an army of secret diner parents to uncover unhealthy, pre-packed lunchboxes, dodgy ingredients, and a lack of transparency in the UK's most popular museums, galleries, zoos and theme parks.

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