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!

Introducing Canto, a new restaurant in Ancoats from Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro Tapas. Modern Portuguese food and drink in a relaxed, casual neighbourhood setting. Opening in Ancoats, Manchester in autumn 2018.

As the weather warms we’re introducing some sizzling hot new Sunday deals. Build your own option for two: enjoy our meat or vegetarian sharer boards, add an exclusive a roast meat of the day, and select a pair of matching cocktails!

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

It’s time to unveil our new restaurant menu and bar drinks list to celebrate spring. The team have updated the dishes and drinks on offer, celebrating seasonally-available produce and the very best ingredients we can source.

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

Once again we’re proud to be joining many other great local and national establishments in supporting StreetSmart, the brilliant charity focused on the homeless in our area.StreetSmart homeless help logo

StreetSmart is a simple, smart scheme which is focused on supporting local organisations which help the homeless in Greater Manchester. This year, rather than asking you to add a discretionary contribution to your bill, we’re making a direct £1 contribution for every table served between December 1st – December 31st.

Of course, if you’d like to make your own donation, you can still do so via StreetSmart’s JustGiving page.

Every single penny contributes directly to the work being done in Greater Manchester to enable homeless people to build a better life for themselves.

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