King Street Festival is here again, and we’ll be operating an al fresco pop-up all weekend, serving a selection of popular dishes and some special drinks too!

Once again El Gato Negro is delighted to be supporting Hospitality Action’s Northern Polo Day fundraiser on Sunday 24 June. Held at the beautiful Cheshire Polo Club in Little Budworth, near Tarporley, this is a brilliant opportunity to raise funds for our leading industry charity.

Simon is one of three award-winning chefs from the North West (alongside Andrew Nutter of Nutter’s Restaurant and Sean Sutton, Head Chef at The Alderley Restaurant) who are contributing a superb three course meal for guests to accompany an afternoon of polo. After the success of last year’s inaugural event Simon says

Last year’s Charity Polo event was a brilliant day and I’m really happy to re-join forces with Andrew and Sean for round two. Hospitality Action is a great organisation, providing invaluable support to hundreds of people in the industry year after year. They can only do this with the help of generous fundraisers however and so we ask everyone to get behind the event and dig deep so that we can smash last year’s figure!

© Christopher Jay

The event begins with a drink and canapé reception on the lawns of the prestigious Cheshire Polo Club, before the chef’s lunch is prepared. Guests will then watch a fabulous fast-paced polo match prior to ending the day with an afternoon cream tea in the marquee. It promises to be a glorious celebration of the best of British gastronomy and tradition.

The lunch menu comprises
  • Andrew Nutter’s starter: Pan-seared sea bass with lemon and fermented black garlic, heritage potato, samphire and sauce vierge dressing.
  • Sean Sutton’s main: Aged sirloin of Cumbria beef, smoked cheek and black truffle jus
  • Simon Shaw’ dessert: Classic lemon tart with fresh raspberries and Italian meringue

With the support of three of the region’s top chefs, it’s set to be a fantastic day, full of great gastronomy and entertainment, all while helping to raise money for those in the industry who need it most.

Tickets

Tickets to the Polo Day are great value at just £85 per person or £800 for a table of ten and are selling out fast. Please click here or email Astrid astrid@hospitalityaction.org.uk for more information. Partner hotels are offering special rates for guests for the Sunday night and further details will be sent to you upon booking

Hospitality Action logo

We’re delighted to welcome the esteemed Catalan winemaker Alfredo Arribas to El Gato Negro on Monday April 9th for an evening event showcasing his wines, paired with a 5 course meal created especially by chef patron Simon Shaw. Tickets are just £65 per person

On Wednesday 14 February we’ll be creating a memorably romantic Valentine’s experience with champagne, live music and more

Christmas baubles at El Gato Negro

Our doors are open for longer throughout December to help you enjoy Christmas festivities… and we’ve got lots to offer everyone enjoying and celebrating seasonal delights with friends and family!

Opening hours

We’re open and serving food across all three floors every day from midday to 10pm until Christmas Eve, when our last food service in the restaurant will be at 8pm. We’re closed on Christmas Day before reopening Boxing Day from midday to 8pm.

Our last food service on New Year’s Eve will be at 10pm; we’ll also have a band playing 7.30-8.30pm on the ground floor and also at midnight.

Sun 24th (Christmas Eve)  12:00–20:00
Mon 25th (Christmas Day)  Closed
Tues 26th (Boxing Day) 12:00–20:00
Wed 27th–Sat 30th 12:00–22:00
Sun 31st (New Year’s Eve) 12:00–22:00
Mon 1st Closed

Dining

As usual, we don’t offer a specific Christmas-themed dishes on our menu… our customers have told us they’d prefer to enjoy our normal menu during these festive times! However since early autumn we’ve expanded our dining options across all three floors, so there’s more to room to savour those flavours. During December we’re serving every day from 12:00 until 22:00. We maintain the seating on the ground floor for walk-in customers and phone reservations only. During December we’re offering special set menus for larger groups, with limited remaining availability. If you’d like to make a reservation for any size of party please contact our host team.

Selection of dishes at El Gato Negro

Please note for weekend reservations, parties of 7-16 diners, and special events, we require card details to secure your booking. We ask for 24 hours notice of a cancellation or reduction in numbers and reservations that fail to give this notice will automatically incur a £15pp fee. You will only be charged if the cancellation terms are not met.

Drinks

We’re serving a special cocktail throughout December; the Clemen-Time. A cocktail version of that Christmas stocking staple – the chocolate orange – it’s crafted from Spanish brandy, Clement Rhum Créole Shrubb and Mozart dark chocolate liqueur. Perfect festive cheer in a glass.

Clemen-Time cocktail

We’re also serving up a selection of specially selected gin and tonics this month, chosen by our team to represent an aspect of their influence or background. Keep an eye on our social media or ask your bartender for details of what’s current when you’re in.

Plus we’ve refreshed our house cocktails and house tonics list recently, with some incredible new drinks and fresh takes on old favourites which have been proving popular. If you’ve not tried them already, drop in and enjoy one!

Christmas gift options

Finally if you’re looking for perfect present ideas, why not purchase a gift card or a copy of Relish North West Second Helping cookbook. Both are the ideal stocking filler for foodies and discerning diners! Last postage dates for either is Tuesday 19th December, after which you will only be able to pick up in person from the restaurant!

Gift card in snow

MFDF Fine Dining award

The twentieth Manchester Food and Drink Festival has come to a close, and it’s been another couple of weeks of celebration and success for all involved, and a chance to reflect on just how incredible the food and drink culture is in Manchester in 2017.

El Gato Negro has been involved all the way through this year’s MFDF; firstly as Simon featured as one of their 20 Gastro Icons; then by hosting a successful pop-up evening on the first weekend at Festival Hub.

Finally, as this milestone festival ended with the one of the highlights of the industry calendar, our team had an excellent and excitable time amongst industry colleagues at the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards at the The Principal Hotel.

We were overjoyed to be announced as winners of the ‘Premium & Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year’ category. El Gato Negro had been nominated alongside some of Manchester’s best and most exciting establishments and so we were incredibly honoured to have been selected as this year’s winner, especially after we won the ‘Best Newcomer’ category in 2016.

Many thanks to everyone who supported and voted for us this year, and to our incredible colleagues… we couldn’t have done it without you!

Premium & Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year at MFDF awards

 

El Gato Negro and our chef Patron Simon Shaw is proud to be supporting Hospitality Action’s inaugural Charity Polo Day on Sunday 25 June. Held at the beautiful Cheshire Polo Club in Little Budworth, near Tarporley, this is a superb opportunity to raise funds for the leading charity in our industry, which celebrates its 180th birthday this year.

Simon will be one of three award-winning chefs from the North-West (along with Sean Sutton, Head Chef at The Alderley Restaurant and Andrew Nutter of Nutter’s Restaurant) who are volunteering their time and resources to create an incredible three course meal for guests during an afternoon of polo.

The event begins with a Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Champagne and canapé reception on the lawns of the prestigious Cheshire Polo Club, before the chef’s lunch is prepared. Guests will then watch a fabulous fast-paced polo match –The Henbury Cup – prior to ending the day with an afternoon cream tea in the marquee. It promises to be a glorious celebration of the best of British gastronomy and tradition.

Unique auction

That’s not all. As part of a fundraising auction to be held on the day, Simon is also offering his services for a unique experience, with one-to-one training and a meal for the successful bidder. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a personal chef and the magic of El Gato Negro at home, this is your chance to bid for an incredible one-off experience.

I’m offering a tutored cookery lesson and dinner, for up to six guests, at a location of your choosing. El Gato Negro will provide my services, all the ingredients for the demonstration and the dinner, plus staff. Wine and other drinks would be provided by the successful bidder.

Competition

We’re also running a free draw to win two tickets for the event: please click here to enter.

Tickets to the Polo Day are great value at just £85 per person or £800 for a table of ten and are selling out fast. Please click here or email Astrid astrid@hospitalityaction.org.uk for more information. 

Attendees also receive an Annual Social Membership Package for the Cheshire Polo Club, which includes entry for a car and up to four people to watch polo every weekend throughout the 2017 season, allows free entry to The Wirral Ladies and National 6 Goal Tournaments and is worth £50.

Hospitality Action logo

This weekend sees the return of the fabulous King Street Festival; a celebration of shopping, food, drink art and live music. It’s running along the whole length the street which lies at the heart of Manchester city centre, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June.

El Gato Negro building frontage

We’ll be joining in the festivities alongside our fellow neighbours and traders. Chef Patron Simon Shaw will leading the street activities outside; look out for him and the team cooking al fresco, serving two special festival dishes, ready to enjoy at our pavement seating area, indoors alongside our menu, or to takeaway!

  • Chorizo, red pepper aioli and caramelised red onion sandwich £6 
  • Chargrilled vegetables with giant couscous and a salsa verde dressing £5

Our usual outside dining space will extend across King Street for the weekend weekend, so more diners can enjoy the fun of the festival from a prime position.

Our King Street Cooler for the King Street Festival

We’ll also be serving up a recent cocktail classic which celebrates our home: the King Street Cooler. Created with Midori, elderflower, apple, mint, cava & soda, it’s a vibrant, light and refreshing beverage to enjoy, day or night. El Gato Negro festival opening hours are midday onwards. Hope to see many of you there!

(Update) What a cracking weekend! We – along with hundreds of happy customers – enjoyed the weather and the atmosphere on Manchester’s best street alongside fellow traders and businesses!