Better Food Programme

NHS Menus

The NHS Menu is a template designed for use by Trusts when developing local menus. The NHS Menu is clearly laid out, colourful and easy to use.

The menu offers patients the choice of local dishes from the National Dish Selector conveniently divided into different sections. Patients can choose from Children, Altered Texture, High Calorie, Cultural and Religious Dishes, Main Menu or All Hours sections.


Guidance for designers and printers was supplied as a series of downloadable QuarkXPress v4 documents and associated image files. High resolution jpegs of the photographs of the dishes can be downloaded for use from the right of the menu image in the National Dish Selector.

An example letter setting out arrangements made by the Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) with national contract print organisations working on the NHS menu is available for reference.

NHS Menu print specification
204Kb Word document
NHS Menu print guidance letter
32Kb Word document