As a high profile local independent business, we are frequently approached by different charities looking for support in their fund raising efforts. In the past, we have provided raffle prizes, donations, meal vouchers and other support in an effort to help these charities to boost their funds, but it has largely been reactive rather than proactive.

For 2016 therefore, we have decided to take the initiative by defining & formalising our policy on charitable donations, and this has resulted in our “Charity of the Month” program.

This change in policy has been influenced by our recent involvement in SASH’s “Eat. Drink. Give.” campaign with which we were involved throughout December at our York restaurants.  SASH are a local charity who work to prevent youth homelessness. By collecting a voluntary contribution of just £1 per table during the month, we hoped to make a significant contribution to such a worthy local charity.

Additionally at Ambiente, for every £1 our customers donated we also decided to match it with a further £1 from our own resources. As a result of this campaign a total of over £10k was raised for SASH by the participating restaurants, which will be used to fund their “Nightstop” initiative for the next 12 months.

Encouraged by the success of this campaign and the generosity of our guests, we have used this experience as a template for our Charity of the Month. The structure will be broadly the same, a voluntary contribution of £1 will be added to all tables which will all go to the nominated charity for that month. All our restaurants will take part and each will top up the final amount with an additional £500 added to the funds. Following the end of the month the proceeds will be issued to that month’s charity.

With our charitable policy now defined, we are now looking for nominations from either local charities, or regional or national charities whose causes have a strong local relevance to the communities in which we trade. Nominations can be made by anyone wishing to put their charity forward and we will choose one charity a month for each restaurant.

Each chosen charity will benefit from:

Inclusion in our marketing output – website links, newsletters & blog posts, social media & in-restaurant promotional literature, thereby increasing awareness of their cause.
A one off payment at the end of the period based on all the £1 donations from customers & an additional top up of £500 from Ambiente

Jun 2018


York Pride aims to promote equality and diversity for the public benefit and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity of those living in York and the surrounding areas in particular but not exclusively by:

1) Raising awareness and educating the public about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people;

2) Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity in particular through celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community; and

3) Staging an annual LGBT festival and smaller events, including regular social events for the LGBT community in a safe environment throughout the year.

4) P01roviding funding and or grants and or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations which the trustees shall from time to time determine.

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Jun 2018


YREN’s overall aim is to reduce racial inequality in York, by improving the knowledge and understanding of the wider community, agencies, businesses, public services and others of the needs of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) population and the importance of combatting racial hatred, discrimination and harassment.

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Jun 2018


The Jane Tomlinson Appeal support a wide range of charities across the north and the midlands to improve the lives of children and the lives of people who are affected by cancer. (more…)

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Jun 2018


Cruse Bereavement Care supports individuals when they become “stuck” in their grief. There is one part time member of staff in this Area who co-ordinates over fifty volunteers. (more…)

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If you know of a suitable charity that you would like to nominate, please fill out the application form below.

We require charity representatives to come and speak to our staff about the charity. Please can you let us know which days of the week a representative is available.

Do you have any literature available that can be left in the restaurant? This can be brought to the staff briefing