Little changes, big difference . . .

Launch of healthy eating at the Old Ship Inn, Brighouse. Pictured is Gaynor Schofield, NHS public health manager, Jason Fieldhouse, chef, and Zuzana Vernerova
Launch of healthy eating at the Old Ship Inn, Brighouse. Pictured is Gaynor Schofield, NHS public health manager, Jason Fieldhouse, chef, and Zuzana Vernerova

CUSTOMERS at a Brighouse pub are being served a healthy eating message along with their pints and pies.

The Old Ship Inn, Bethel Street, has been taking part in NHS Calderdale’s Change4Life campaign which is encouraging pubs and restaurants to offer healthy menu options.

The Old Ship manager Mark Feasey and head chef Jason Fieldhouse hosted an evening of food and drink taste tests and gave tips and advice on cooking healthier meals.

Mark said: “Since the campaign was launched, we have had a fantastic response from regular and new customers and have seen them make healthier food and drink choices from our new menu.

“The number of calories found in some drinks has especially been an eye-opener for some of our customers. As a community pub we have a vested interest in the health and well-being of our locals so putting the focus back onto healtheir alternatives can only be a good thing.”

The three-month campaign, run in partnership with the Department of Health, is primarily aimed at 45-65 year olds and 19 pubs and restaurants in Calderdale are taking part.

Gaynor Scholefield, public health manager at NHS Calderdale, said: “Our participating pubs and restaurants are generating awareness of the calories that their customers may be consuming in their establishments.

“We’re asking people to consider making those small changes that will make a difference.

“This could be simply swapping chips for a baked potato that has a third of the calories or a gin and tonic for a gin and slimline tonic that has 64 fewer calories.”