Statement

At The Gate we believe that in order to grow you have to give. We have a huge passion for our environment, health, community and supporting charities. Specifically, we have connected with a cause that is close to our hearts and are working alongside various charities which support Autism.It’s not a question of donating funds (though that of course has its place). We fully embrace these partnerships by connecting it with our prime passion, which remains food (see our project on teaching pasta making). Moreover, we’ve realised our goal of gaining an accreditation to welcome people affected by Autism to the restaurant and enabling them to feel accepted.Accreditation is not a badge for us to wave about; The Gate wishes to blaze a trail for other restaurants across the world by us all allowing people affected by Autism to integrate more freely in society without feeling stigmatised. Ambitious, we know.We know it feels good to be part of the bigger picture and we want you to feel like you’re contributing by either working with us or visiting as a customer.

Here are just some of the things we are putting into practice:

Sustainability

• Nearly 3 decades of promoting vegan & vegetarian food

• We cater Fairtrade sugar and tea

• Wide range of organic products

• Natural, organic, bio dynamic, vegetarian and vegan wine choice

• Local/ regional suppliers – we are working with our suppliers at sourcing products within a 50-70 mile radius and our target is to have as many locally sourced food and drink products as possible

Recycling – minimising environmental impact

• Bottles

• Food

• Cardboard

• Paper

• Coffee grounds

Awards

• Best vegetarian restaurant in the world as voted for in Epicurious.com

• First Autism-Friendly Restaurant in the UK

• 3 star award with SRA

• Most improved restaurant with SRA

Community

We support local schools in Hammersmith, Islington and Marylebone by raising money through raffles and support various projects at universities near Islington, such as with media students production on healthy eating and vegetarians

Charity and The Gate

The Gate has been associated with Ambitious about Autism since June 2014. We have visited the school, given talks, been to the House of Commons as a representative and held an event last year that raised £10,000. This year we want to create a legacy that can give back to the school, so we are helping with the development of the Chocolate Factory.

The National Autistic Society are helping organisations become ‘Autism Friendly’ with their accredtaiton award. The Gate Islington has been named the first ‘Autism Friendly’ restaurant in the UK.

In 2016 we created the Chocolate Social Enterprise Objective with Ambitious about Autism: Chocolate made by young adults on the autism spectrum at Ambitious college to be sold and all profits go back into the progression of the business. Our aim is to develop skills of young people with autism for future life and job prospects; to work with suppliers and companies that appreciate the nature and the scope of the project and support us with good quality products and services.; to create a simple business model and recipe that can be learned and repeated by the pupils at Ambitious.; and to create something fun with the potential of gaining media attention and celebrity endorsement within the food industry.