We’re very excited to launch Breakfast and Brunch at The Gate Seymour Place on the 4th February! Breakfast will be served Monday to Friday from 8am-11.30am and brunch on weekends from 9am-4pm. The Gate Seymour Place is the first of our three restaurants to serve breakfast and brunch! In line with our long-standing ethos, all dishes are healthy, produced using carefully sourced ingredients, and showcase the versatility of vegetarian food.
Our founder Michael Daniel explains: “We wanted to translate The Gate’s signature take on vegetarian food to a breakfast menu and the opening of Seymour Place gave us the perfect opportunity. With a range of vegan dishes and some new takes on established dishes, we’re excited about this menu and look forward to welcoming customers to The Gate Seymour Place for the most important meal of the day.”
The menu includes vegetarian and vegan takes on cooked breakfast favourites including a Full English featuring smoked butter bean sausages and grilled smoked tofu rashers, and Scrambled Tofu with chunky avocado & spring onion on toasted Sourdough seasoned with sumac, za’atar. Popular breakfast dishes such as Huevos Rancheros, Omelettes and Shakshuka will sit alongside lighter dishes such as Potted Chia, both vegan and gluten free. The team at The Gate tasted all the dishes on the breakfast menu – it’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it! – and one of our favourites was the Raw Chocolate Bowl made with organic Peruvian raw cacao. Not only is it rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but it will also boost your immune system and give you increased energy. It’s as healthy as a bowl of hot chocolate can be!
After making sure all the dishes were tried and tested, we hosted our first breakfast event last Wednesday, for the launch of Azamara Club Cruises’ local experiences. The 30 attendees mingled over Grapefruit & Orange Juice and Carrot, Ginger & Apple juice, then sat down for a bespoke sharing-style menu of Scrambled Tofu, Potted Chia, Homemade Granola, Herb Frittata, Raw Pancakes and Fresh fruit Platters, before a short presentation. Our first early morning event under our belt, we got up again before sunrise the next day to host a fashionable vegan brunch to launch Olivia Burton’s new line of vegan-friendly watches. The semi-private area was decorated with beautiful flowers to match the very pretty watches on display. The intimate gathering attracted quite a crowd including Emma Crompton, Venetia Falconer, Sophie Milner and Aj Odudu, who admired the new products an Apple Mojito in hand. The girls tucked into Vegan Omelettes, Banana & Flax Raw Pancakes and Scrambled Tofu.
For any information on booking your own event at any of our restaurants please email email@example.com You can find our Breakfast and Brunch menus here: thegaterestaurants.com/menu
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.
Opening our third restaurant presented its challenges, as is always expected when opening a new restaurant. Finding a suitable site was one of the first challenges. I drove around town for hours trying to find a suitable location, from South London to Dalston and Central London. At first, the site on Seymour Place, where The Lockhart once stood, was already taken but two hours after the deal fell through we received a call asking us to move quickly if we were still interested.
Funnily enough, we had a similar experience while looking for a site for our second restaurant in Islington. I fell in love with the space and with Sadler’s Wells down the road it was a no-brainer. But another buyer had already agreed to buy it, again luck was on our side and we exchanged contracts within 48 hours.
But let’s get back to Seymour Place. Once I found a new abode for our third restaurant, the next step was working on the interiors. We wanted the design to reflect the food and we used different textures and layers to do just that.
You may have noticed we like to keep things in the family, so I enlisted the help of my wife and architect Alice Bajrach of Studio Alice. She designed The Gate Seymour Place in a pared-back style with plain walls, maximum use of natural light and simple furnishings to achieve a calm and refreshing space.
We felt it’d be best to keep the interiors simple and fresh but inventive, just like our cooking. We wanted our customers to leave the restaurant feeling nourished and calm, both the interiors and food work to help us achieve our goal.
It wasn’t always an easy journey and it’s nowhere near over (who knows, we might open a fourth restaurant!), but that’s the beauty of life, the journey makes it all worth it…
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.