The Gate Newcastle - We Can Do More

We Can Do More

By Taking Small Positive Steps

By taking positive small steps, we can all do more to help protect the environment we all share and it's valuable resources..

We understand that it’s not always easy but we can all do our bit by making some very small changes. These changes might include choosing to move to a reusable cup for your favourite Starbucks or perhaps choosing one of the delicious vegan dishes from one of our bars or restaurants.

A lot of our venues already have some great practices in place, which you are helping to support every time you visit, including food waste prevention and food donation to local charities, our venues are working hard behind the scenes.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the great work taking place at The Gate to help move towards a more sustainable tomorrow and details of how you too can get involved by taking some very small steps.


At Starbucks, located on second floor of The Gate, you’ll find a variety of delicious vegan options available across all of their ranges including:

Vegan Milks:

  • Options include: oat, coconut and soy milk and Starbucks own almond blend milk.

Vegan Sandwiches and Wraps:

  • No meatball marinara wrap
  • Tunah Sandwich
  • Plant based tomato melt toastie
  • Beyond Breakfast Sandwich
  • Spinach and Pea Falafel Wrap

Vegan Cakes:

  • Caramel and Date Cake
  • Banoffee Loaf

Did you know, 5p from hot drinks purchased in a non reusable cup is donated to Hubbub, an award winning environmental charity. Starbucks also have a wide variety of reusable cups available to purchase, in stylish designs, with a 25p discount for drinks purchased in a reusable cup.

Pizza Hut:

We all know Pizza Hut at The Gate serve delicious pizza, but did you know it’s Pizza Hut’s ambition to be NET Zero by 2030, by constantly measuring their carbon footprint and looking at ways to reduce this.

One of the measures they have taken is the introduction of their range of delicious Plant Forward food options, including a brilliant non dairy choice through their partnership with Violife and of course the amazing Pepperphoni! Even their cheesecakes no longer include cheese! Eating less meat and more plant forward food is one way we can all help to reduce the impact we have on our planet.

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And, as a Steering Group Member of the WRAP’s Courthauld Agreement, Pizza Hut have reduced their food waste by 80%, against a target of 25% because they are passionate about reducing waste.

The CTRL Pad:

The CTRL Pad is home to a wide variety of computer game consoles and games across a range of platforms with over 200 games going back over 30 years, they are one of the most popular gaming lounges in the north east and can even boast some celebrity customers!

The CTRL Pad also have some great links to the local community. Working with Percy Hedley Foundation they provide work experience to the foundation and donate preloved equipment to the foundation to help create sensory boxes for students with complex needs.

The Percy Hedley Foundation have become regulars to The Gate and we enjoy their visits!


Since 2015 Nando’s have reduced the carbon footprint of their meals by 40% and they are working hard to reduce this further. In the meantime they are committed to balancing their footprint through offsetting projects including supporting the Kariba Forest Project in Zimbabwe and Wonderbags clean cooking project in South Africa. Nando's are focused on adding heat to your plate, not the planet!

And of course, Nando’s have a fantastic range of plant based dishes available so you can still get that Peri Peri fix.

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And as we all know, food waste reduction is high priority, that’s why Nando’s work hard to reduce food waste as much as possible by cooking chicken only when it’s needed.

Since 2013 at the end of every night, any cooked chicken that hasn’t been sold is temperature checked, frozen and given to one of the restaurant’s charity partners as part of their ‘No Chucking Our Chicken’ programme. Nandos have over 387 unique charities across the UK and Ireland, supporting all kinds of causes, including youth, homelessness, refugees, and women and family shelters.

If there’s any food waste that can’t be donated they send it to Anaerobic Digestion where it is turned into renewable energy and agricultural fertiliser.


The KeelRow is a Wetherspoons pub, who along with our other venues at The Gate, are committed to reducing food waste.

Wetherspoon’s work with FareShare, a charitable organisation which distributes any unwanted, fit for consumption, food to food banks, community centre and other in need.

The KeelRow also serve a brilliant range of craft ales from local breweries. These change monthly so there are always new options available to try.

The Mayfair Pub & Kitchen:

As one of Newcastle’s friendliest pubs, The Mayfair serve a fantastic range of home cooked dishes which include vegan options and fresh ingredients. In fact, the fresh fruit and veg used in their dishes is hand delivered from the Grainger market, less than a five minute walk away!

The Mayfair also work with local brewers, Anarchy Brewery, serving Wor Beer. With a contribution from each beer sale being donated to Wor Flags to help with their flag displays at St James Park NUFC matches.

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We’re also working hard at The Gate to make improvements everyday….

The GateKeepers Garden:

The Gatekeepers Garden is located on Jacobins Chare and provides a quiet space to relax in the busy city centre. With insect friendly planting and a bio graffiti wall designed to encourage pollinating insects the GateKeepers garden has recently had the additional of a recycle bin so visitors can recycle packaging from their lunches while enjoying the sunshine.

Used coffee grains from Gate venues are also used to help fertilise the soil at The GateKeepers Garden.

Sustainable Travel:

The Gate Car park provides 2 EV charging points located on B2 level of the car park. 

We also have free cycle racks available across the centre located in the car park and at The Gate Keepers Garden.

The Gate’s Got Talent:

The Gate’s Got Talent piano has become a much loved addition to the mall and we have some fantastic pianists come to play for our visitors. What a great initiative this has become, all using a pre loved piano.

Tree’s Saved:

The Gate has 0% of waste that goes into landfill and to date The Gate’s waste recycling programme has saved 138 trees.

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