Slug and Lettuce will be starting off 2014 in a saintly way. Due to the increasing popularity of the ‘Under 500’ section on the Slug and Lettuce food menu, the 70-strong premium bar chain, which is owned and operated by the award-winning Stonegate Pub Company, is launching a limited edition menu in January with four new dishes under 500 calories.

The Spicy Pork Pad Thai (439 calories) sees slices of pork with peppers and noodles marinated in oriental spices topped with edamame beans, spring onions and pomegranate; a warming Beef Stroganoff is served with basmati rice (442 calories), Jerk Chicken Skewer salad (410 calories) and Seared Salmon with three-grain risotto (439 calories).

Nicola Stuart, Senior Brand Development Manager for Slug and Lettuce said: “It seemed fitting to introduce four new dishes to the existing ‘Under 500’ section in January, especially when people look to start the year with a fresh, healthier outlook. That said, the ‘Under 500’ dishes on the current menu have been extremely popular since they were introduced back in April 2013, no matter what the season or weather. It’s about creating a menu that has a range of options to suit our customers.”