Our chef, Bronagh Reid, at The Gatelodge Café on Church Street in Newtownards, has been awarded runner up at the Ulster Chowder Championships 2016.

Bronagh was presented with a plaque by judge and famed chef, Paula McIntyre.

Bronagh heads up the kitchen at The Gatelodge Café, our newest social enterprise. The café provides training to adults with a learning disability and difficulty in the North Down and Ards area in food preparation and service. 100% of the profits at The Gatelodge Café are reinvested to support clients in the area.

Bronagh and Louise Award Winning Chowder

Bronagh’s expertise spans thirty five years in the catering industry having worked in the kitchens at Dungloe Castle and the Europa Hotel in Killarney and as well as running a top fish restaurant in Jersey. Bronagh is delighted to have received the award for her chowder and says “My chowder recipe has been refined over the years and is a popular choice with customers at The Gatelodge Café, it’s fantastic to have received recognition for it”.

Our social enterprise is backed by a Training and Employment Service based at Old Brewery Court in Netwownards. A team of job coaches, trainers and employment officers who support adults with a learning disability or difficulty to gain vocational training with a view to securing paid employment. This service is part funded by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

For more information on training and employment support provided by The Gatelodge contact Claire Humphries at claire.humpries@stepping-stones.org.uk / 028 9181 9937 or Mandy Jackson at mandy.jackson@stepping-stones.org.uk / 028 9266 6404.

For Gatelodge Café enquires contact our Cafe Manager. Martha Tumelty, on 028 9182 1395.