Out to Lunch

Out to Lunch is back and it’s dishing up the truth about children's food in restaurants. Our 'secret diner' children have gone undercover (with their parents of course) to rank children’s food in 28 of the UK’s most popular restaurants and supermarket cafés.

Who topped the league table?

JD Wetherspoon and IKEA topped the league table, with Tesco Café, Pizza Express and Gourmet Burger Kitchen coming bottom.

Are you surprised by the results? Our 'secret diner' families were and 88% of parents feel that children’s food just isn’t good enough.

Families were disappointed to find no vegetables or British meat as well as excessively sugary puddings on some children’s menus – but together with you, we’re changing that.

A veg revolution

Our 'secret diners' have kickstarted a veg revolution on the high street and have persuaded 13 chain restaurants and supermarket cafes to commit to serving two portions of veg with every child’s meal in the next 12 months.

The chains at the top of the league table are showing that price isn't a barrier to good food. Our families found them to be on average £1 cheaper than the lowest scoring chains.

11 million more portions of veg will be served with children's food in the next 12 months because of our Out to Lunch campaign

Join us in calling on all restaurant chains and supermarket cafés to take four simple steps to improve the service and food they offer children:

1. Serve two portions of veg with every child's meal

2. Make water freely available and stop serving sugary drinks to children

3. Serve children's portions of adult dishes (ensuring they are healthy and nutritionally balanced)

4. Use quality ingredients such as free range and organic


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Will you help us to change the menu?

As a charity, we rely on the passion and support of people like you.

We work with farmers, retailers, caterers and government to change the way we farm and eat. 

Give a regular donation, and say ‘yes’ to a food and farming future that supports public health. 

That's not all we're doing to improve children's food

Out to Lunch is part of our wider mission to transform the way we eat. Our Food for Life programme works with schools, early years, care homes and hospitals to make good food the easy choice for everyone. Find out how you can get involved and join our good food revolution.

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