We’re celebrating the first anniversary of opening in Manchester this week, and what a year it’s been!

Now our paper anniversary has arrived, we’ve able to look back and see how the last twelve months have unfolded. Taken to heart by customers and peers alike – picking up local and national recognition – our first year in Manchester have been incredible.

As Chef patron Simon Shaw says

Quite simply, we’ve had a truly overwhelming year.  The level of support and recognition we’ve received has been phenomenal. It’s great to be able to take stock of our first year and look forward to an exciting twelve months to come. 

“We’ve certainly had those really hard days, but looking back over this past year and seeing everything we’ve managed to achieve is incredible and so worth those long hours. It’s always been important that we gain the trust of our customers and really create something special here in terms of our knowledge, service and ambience. It’s heartwarming to still be receiving such incredible feedback a year on. I’d certainly like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their love and continued support.

Range of small dishes at El Gato Negro

The number of dishes and drinks prepared and served in our first 365 days in Manchester


Chargrilled lamb skewers with spiced chickpea purée and harissa


El-spresso martinis sold in our first 12 months. Our iconic Spanish take on the modern classic was our single most popular cocktail!