Tip of the Week

Should I put allergen information direct on my menu or keep it separate on an Allergen Matrix?

Behaviours and expectations are changing, and consumers want information to be clear and easily available to them.

An Allergen Matrix is a great way to record allergens in your dishes but if you can put this information directly onto your menus, it would be a lot easier for your customers to read.

Remember to add ‘May Contain’ if any manufactured product used states ‘may contain’ on its packaging.

If you use a lot of a particular allergen in your kitchen, i.e. flour, nuts, etc., it is advisable to add a clause to your menu along the lines of :–

Please let us know if you have a food allergy or intolerance so we can advise on ingredients and cooking methods for our dishes. We use nuts/flour throughout our busy kitchen so we cannot guarantee our dishes will be free of traces of these allergens.


We always recommend that you have a note on your menus to advise customers to talk to a member of staff if they have any food allergies or intolerances.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that menus have been about since the 18th Century. The modern menu with dishes in a set order of courses was invented by the French chef Escoffier.