The launch of The Gate Seymour Place, our third restaurant, marks an important step in the life of our family business. I felt the time was right to bring our take on vegetarian dining to a wider audience. We’re obsessed with the quality of food and the optimisation of vegetables and we wanted our food to be easily accessible. Opening a third restaurant in Central London made sense, and we’re particularly excited to be doing so in Seymour Place where we’re surrounded by many fellow independents.
Charity, as the old adage goes, begins at home and doing good is something I’ve grown up believing in. You’d have to have some reason to set up a vegetarian restaurant business in London nearly 30 years ago with absolutely zero experience and less money! Anyway, fast forward to a couple of years ago and I was discussing with my (now) Director of Business, John Page about how to get really hands on with a charity and I wasn’t talking about writing a cheque.
Hummus is proof that some of the best tasting things are indeed the simplest to make. Requiring very few ingredients, hummus can transform the simple chickpea into a bowl of flavours and culture that can be dipped into with almost anything your heart desires.
As it is something that is not too difficult to make, it’s certainly something that you want to try and make at least once, if not every other week!
Our simple ‘Smooth Hummus a la Gate’ receipe below is definitely a good place to start! Read more
April is World Autism Awareness Month (WAAM) and we here at The Gate could not be more proud to support such an amazing cause. It is estimated that approximately one in 100 children have autism in the UK, that’s around 100,000 children.
With autism comes many challenges for both children and parents alike. As well as academic constraints, children with autism also face the risk of exclusion and equally as bad, bullying. That’s where WAAM comes in, WAAM represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
We here at The Gate truly believe everyone has a pivotal role to play in society, and that includes those with autism. That’s why The Gate is proud to work closely with local registered charity for autism, Ambitious about Autism in supporting local primary schools as well as various other projects (Learn More). What’s more we’re also striving to become an autism friendly registered restaurant to push the acceptance of autism in our society.
So we didn’t make it to the sublime highlands of Scotland this year which was our plan, but it just didn’t work out with the start of the school year etc, etc.
However, once the temperature dropped a little and it started to rain and get damper generally I knew it was time to get my boots on.
This is easier said than done as it always take a week or two to get back into the groove after two months of summer festivals and family summer holidays. so we arranged to go down to a golf course in Surrey where we know the chef and who has access so we are allowed to forage there and last year we found some massive puff balls which blew my mind when I saw them so we were definitely up for the golf course again.
Got to the Gate in Hammersmith early that morning and it was raining carrots and potatoes, so John called in to say the forage meet was off. Read more