A Marvellous Vegetarian Dinner At The Gate, Islington

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“In recent years, vegetarian food has had something of a renaissance and what with a plethora of vegetarian and vegan restaurants having opened in London over the past few years, I was most intrigued when The Gate was brought to my attention recently, as I’d never heard of it. With two locations – Hammersmith and Islington – The Gate was established back in 1989, and yet it seems to be relatively under-the-radar when it comes to London’s healthy foodie scene.

Think of veggie restaurants in the capital and Mildred’s comes to my mind initially (totally go if you haven’t already). But after my visit to The Gate last week, I can’t for the life of me understand why it’s less well-known. The restaurant is big but it was absolutely packed with a mixed crowd of all ages. The interior is simple but stylish, and the candles on the tables created a lovely cosy atmosphere. I’m all about those cosy autumn evenings.

It’s creative, high-quality, beautiful-presented and utterly delicious vegetarian fare, proving that you absolutely don’t need meat for a satisfying meal.

I’ll definitely be back!”