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It’s Father’s day this Sunday, and we’re opening especially to make sure Dad and the rest of the family can enjoy something delicious and different to celebrate. Dad gets a free drink too… a choice of a glass of our popular rebujito, or an ice cold Estrella beer. Cheers!

We’ll be offering a wonderful selection of dishes; our specials blackboard will be featuring something extra special on Sunday… delicious rib of beef, served with fondant potatoes and green beans. Plus of course our regular menu, featuring a selection of superb seasonally-inspired dishes. We’ll be offering a hand-picked and perfectly honed selection of wines or sherries to accompany your meal… by the glass, or the bottle.

Open from 1pm-4pm for lunch on Sunday 15th for Father’s Day. We’d always recommend booking ahead, and are now taking reservations. Please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070 to secure your places.

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Last night’s event, with our friend Jaime Quiroga, was a resounding success. Here’s a small photo gallery of the event in case you weren’t there.

 

 

 

 

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We’re delighted to welcome wine expert Jaime Quiroga back to El Gato Negro, after the runaway success of last summer’s ‘A Taste of Galicia’ event.

Last year Jaime delighted guests with his introduction to wines from this lesser-known corner of Spain, while Simon and the team created a menu to perfectly partner these flavours: we’ve been consistently asked when we would hold another with a similar theme. The good news is Jaime is returning to showcase some wines you may have experienced before (both the Casal de Paula wines have become firm favourites with customers) and some you may not have.

Simon visited Galicia  – a land of geographical contrasts and culinary bounty – in March and returned to the restaurant, inspired by the food and drink culture he encountered and eager to share this with a wider audience.

We’re excited to present the evening’s menu, featuring a selection of six superb Galician wines from the region’s independent vineyards, matched with a sumptuous tasting menu of flavours to evoke the experience of the mountains and coastline of Galicia.

Leira Seca
Artisan Galician charcuterie and our own house pickles

Quinta de la Erre Albariño
Hand-picked white crab meat, avocado purée and gazpacho

Casal de Paula Blanco
Chargrilled Galician-style octopus

Alodio Mencia
Poached duck egg yolk with Alejandro chorizo and migas breadcrumbs

Casal de Paula Tinto
Escabeche of quail

Sensum
Torta de Santiago with vanilla ice cream

Please note: the event was fully booked up in record time. Each event we hold is more popular than the last, and we only have limited places in order to keep the atmosphere intimate and engaging. To keep informed of our forthcoming special events, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Chargrilled asparagus, fried duck egg & almond picada

We’re open throughout the Easter weekend, and look forward to welcoming you to enjoy our award-winning range of food and wines at El Gato Negro Tapas.

As usual we’ll be serving up a wonderful selection of dishes: our new spring menu has been going down a storm since we launched it, and it will be augmented with a series of stunning seasonal specials. As usual we’ll be offering a hand-picked and perfectly honed selection of wines and sherries to accompany your meal.

Our opening times over Easter are

Good Friday
Open for lunch, with bookings between 12:00 and 1.30pm
Normal evening opening times (from 6pm)

Saturday
Lunch service 12:00 – 2:00 pm,
Evening service 6:00 – 10:00 pm (last orders)

Easter Sunday
Open for lunch 1 – 4pm 

Monday
Closed

Tuesday
Closed

 We recommend booking ahead at this busy time. We’re now taking reservations: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070 to secure your places.

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Just as the clocks change and spring truly blossoms across the Pennines, we’ll be open on the last Sunday of this month – Mother’s Day on 30th March – and serving a very special four course menu for a truly memorable dining experience. The full menu is reproduced below.

Soup
Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté

Starter

A choice of either…
Seared hand-dived scallop with carrot and ginger puree
or
Sous vide pork shoulder presse, fried quail egg and morcilla

Main course

A choice of either…
Roast rib of aged beef, fondant potatoes, green beans, red wine jus
or
Fillet of line-caught Sea Bass, spring green vegetables, white bean and horseradish

Dessert

A choice of either…
Classic glazed lemon tart with fresh Raspberries
or
Valrhona chocolate caramel delice
or
A selection of regional Spanish cheeses

It’s priced at just £30 per head, and including a glass of rosé cava as an extra treat for mum. Last year this event sold out quickly so we’ve extended it to two sittings: 1–3pm and 4–6pm, to allow more diners to experience a wonderful Mothering Sunday. If you require a vegetarian alternative, please let our staff know at the time of booking.

Reservations are now being taken: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070. (Update) Only a few spaces remaining!

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We’ve got a fantastic selection of events coming up at El Gato Negro as spring beckons: be sure to mark them up in your diaries…

Firstly on Sunday 30th March we’ll be provide the perfect way to treat mum, by hosting a special four course set menu Mother’s Day dining experience. Priced at just £30 per head, and including a glass of rosé cava as an extra treat for mum. We’re now taking bookings; last year this sold out quickly so we’ve extended it to two sittings: 1–3pm and 4–6pm, to allow more diners to experience a wonderful Mothering Sunday. We’ll be posting the full menu details very soon…

Simon’s off to Galicia later this month, in preparation for our next Galician-themed evening, on Thursday 8th May. Last year’s showcase of stunning wines and dishes inspired by this rugged, diverse region was a roaring success, and since then the Casal de Paula wines we launched have been (deserved) bestsellers. We’ll be joined again by Jaime Quiroga, who previously introduced us to so many wonderful Galego wines, and Simon and the team will be putting together a tasting menu to match. It’s a chance to enjoy more of the distinctive and delicious offerings from a less well-known corner of Spain.

We will post menus for each event closer to the time, to further whet your appetites, but we recommend booking your places early as places are likely to go quickly!

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For our first event of 2014, we’re very pleased to announce the menu for Valentine’s Night on Friday 14th February. We will be offering a sensuously sophisticated set menu to help you start a romantic evening with your significant other. Strictly pre-reserved places only.

You’ll start with a glass of our house Champagne to add some spritz to the evening, before enjoying five stunning courses created specially by Simon and the team in the kitchen.

Velouté of Jerusalem Artichoke

Lobster Cannelloni with a mustard and chive beurre blanc 

Ballotine of corn-fed chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms

Fillet mignon with fondant potato, red wine jus

Chocolate Fondue to share

The price per person is £50. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. Please be advised, spaces are limited for this event. We look forward to you joining us for a very special Valentine’s evening!

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We’re delighted to confirm the gourmet menu for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Demand was unprecedented and even after expanding across both floors, the evening is now fully booked.

If you’d like to maintain a level of surprise and anticipation until the evening, look away now… but if not, please read on.

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We’re posting an Advent message, to our friends and followers every day in the run up to Christmas this December, on Facebook and Twitter. You can see them daily on our Twitter feed at the bottom of this page, or join in by ‘liking’ or following us!

However even if you don’t ‘do’ social media, there’s no need for you to miss out. We’ve added a full gallery of the images below for you to enjoy!

After a busy day we can start our #Advent properly… let's start the countdown to Xmas with a rather good aged sherry!

After a busy day we can start our #Advent properly… let’s start the countdown to Xmas with a rather good aged sherry!

Day 2 of #Advent…celebrating #paella! Our perfect gift for all fans of the iconic rice dish… http://ow.ly/rleGW

Day 2 of #Advent…celebrating #paella! Our perfect gift for all fans of the iconic rice dish… http://ow.ly/rleGW

Day 3 of #Advent and what better than some mouth-watering reading from Relish, showcasing the very best of Yorkshire and the North East (including ourselves, of course!).   https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/relish-north-east-and-yorkshire/

Day 3 of #Advent and what better than some mouth-watering reading from Relish, showcasing the very best of Yorkshire and the North East (including ourselves, of course!)

#Advent day 4 reveals Simon & John basking in September sun & plaudits after being awarded our Michelin #BibGourmand

#Advent day 4 reveals Simon & John basking in September sun & plaudits after being awarded our Michelin #BibGourmand

It's day 5 of our #Advent… featuring our giftworthy & delicious gourmet hamper… the perfect introduction to artisanal Spanish delights!  https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/gourmet-hamper-media/

It’s day 5 of our #Advent… featuring our giftworthy gourmet hamper… the perfect introduction to artisanal Spanish delights!

Happy Friday! Day 6 of #Advent, and behind today's door is a seasonal scene from the mantelpiece of Xmas past…

Happy Friday! Day 6 of #Advent, and behind today’s door is a seasonal scene from the mantelpiece of Xmas past…

Give a gift guaranteed to make the recipient happy: El Gato Negro gift vouchers https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/gift-vouchers/ #advent Day 7

Give a gift guaranteed to make the recipient happy: El Gato Negro gift vouchers https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/gift-vouchers/ #advent Day 7

What's behind today's #Advent door today (apart from lots of happy lunchtime Sunday diners)? Our festive Xmas tree…

What’s behind today’s #Advent door today (apart from lots of happy lunchtime Sunday diners)? Our festive Xmas tree…

We've got great stocking filler gift ideas for you, including these tea towels & mugs! #Advent https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/merchandise/

We’ve got great stocking filler gift ideas for you, including these tea towels & mugs! #Advent https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/merchandise/

Behind Day 10's #Advent door: it's time to wish everyone a very Happy Noel. Today marks a fortnight until Xmas Eve!

Behind Day 10’s #Advent door: it’s time to wish everyone a very Happy Noel. Today marks a fortnight until Xmas Eve!

#Advent Day11: our stunning 'último' gourmet hamper. Top of the range, a fantastic gift idea! https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/gourmet-hamper-ultimo/

#Advent Day11: our stunning ‘último’ gourmet hamper. Top of the range, a fantastic gift idea! https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/gourmet-hamper-ultimo/

#Advent Day 12 reveals a little red book & a lip-licking Mr Bibendum behind today’s door https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/el-gato-negro-is-awarded-a-michelin-bib-gourmand/

#Advent Day 12 reveals a little red book & a lip-licking Mr Bibendum behind today’s door https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/el-gato-negro-is-awarded-a-michelin-bib-gourmand/

 #Advent Day 13: our manchego & wine gift set provides the perfect pairing & accompaniments https://www.elgatonegrotapas.com/image-item/manchego-wine-gift-set/

#Advent Day 13: our manchego & wine gift set provides the perfect pairing & accompaniments

#Advent Day 14 reveals our family of reindeer decorations, getting excited about #Sunday lunch tomorrow

#Advent Day 14 reveals our family of reindeer decorations, getting excited about #Sunday lunch tomorrow

 

#Advent Day15 shows our ‘mejor’ gourmet hamper: marvellous morsels & premium products galore!

#Advent Day15 shows our ‘mejor’ gourmet hamper: marvellous morsels & premium products galore!

#Advent Day 16. This delightful knitted robin is reminding you to follow us on #Twitter!

#Advent Day 16. This delightful knitted robin is reminding you to follow us on #Twitter!

#Advent Day 17… enjoy superb sherry by the glass. Not just for Father Christmas… and no glitter or carrots required!

#Advent Day 17… enjoy superb sherry by the glass. Not just for Father Christmas… and no glitter or carrots required!

Gift deadline extension, due to demand! Order by THURS morning for pre-Xmas collection #Advent

Gift deadline extension, due to demand! Order by THURS morning for pre-Xmas collection #Advent

Good cheer & Xmas spirits abound on Day 19 of #Advent… we're proud of our range of excellent wines for all tastes

Good cheer & Xmas spirits abound on Day 19 of #Advent… we’re proud of our range of excellent wines for all tastes

Reindeer on the march for Day 20 of #Advent!

Reindeer on the march for Day 20 of #Advent!

Day 21 of #Advent (happy solstice too) Behind here lies better food than you find behind many advent calendar doors!

Day 21 of #Advent (happy solstice too) Behind here lies better food than you find behind many advent calendar doors!

Open today for our last #Sunday before Xmas. See if you can spot our flying santa if you're here for lunch!

Open today for our last #Sunday before Xmas. See if you can spot our flying santa if you’re here for lunch!

A welcome day off, with the aroma of spices & sherry filling the air before our last service on Xmas Eve #Advent

A welcome day off, with the aroma of spices & sherry filling the air before our last service on Xmas Eve #Advent

Open 1-6pm today… then we'll be hanging up our stockings & relaxing until NYE! Merry Xmas from us, thank you! #Advent

Open 1-6pm today… then we’ll be hanging up our stockings & relaxing until NYE! Merry Xmas from us, thank you! #Advent

We are open for the first four Sundays in December (1st, 8th, 15th, 22) for lunch, from 1-4pm. We will be featuring an offer on different wines for each Sunday to accompany this. As a result of being open on Sundays we will be closed on the Tuesdays, reopening at 6pm on the Wednesday. Our full opening hours in December before Christmas will be

Wed – Thurs  6pm – 9.30pm (last food orders)
Friday   6pm – 10pm (last food orders)
Sat   12-2pm, 6pm – 10pm (last food orders)
Sun  1-4pm

In addition we will also  be open for a lunch/afternoon sitting on Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th) from 1pm-6pm.

We will then be closed over Christmas, reopening only for the ticket-only evening on New Year’s Eve. We reopen to the public for a full service on Thursday 23st January and, as we’re not open for the first Sunday of the month, instead we’ll open on Sunday 26th, and will be offering a free glass of cava to all diners on the day to help chase away the January blues.

We hope you will be able to join us at El Gato Negro in the lead up to Christmas this year!

El Gato Negro, closed for Christmas 2012