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Sort the party and get everything boxed off for Christmas 2019 with our special seasonal group menu.

Get ahead of the crowd and make your group booking now to ensure you’ve got your Christmas party sorted well in advance! Group bookings are now open for Christmas 2018. Secure a table for your party now, and enjoy a brilliant festive get-together at El Gato Negro!

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

We’re delighted to announce that – after their incredible popularity last year – we’re now taking group bookings for Christmas 2017. Secure a table for your party now, and enjoy a memorable seasonal occasion at El Gato Negro! 

These group bookings are for between seven and sixteen people, available from November 13th to December 24th, and you’ll be able to enjoy a specially designed menu from our kitchen as the centrepiece to your visit. Click here to view the food menu. We are able to cater for any dietary requirements, please notify us when booking.

We also offer a tiered selection of drinks packages to complement the food menu.

£15 per head

  • Arrival glass of cava, or bottle or beer
  • Half bottle of house wine per person

£30 per head

  • Half a bottle of cava on arrival per person
  • Bottle of house wine per person

£40 per head

  • Cocktail on arrival
  • Half bottle of Cava per person
  • Bottle of recommended wine* per person

We are also able to create bespoke wine packages on request.

To make a reservation, use the contact form on our booking page, or call one of our team. Bookings are available for 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm time slots. There is a £10 per head non-refundable deposit to be made when booking. We require 48 hours notice for any decrease in party size.

* Full selection of recommended wines available on request

As the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla from the markets on King Street remind us, the festive season is here! We’re very excited about our first Christmas in the heart of Manchester, and the forthcoming new year heralds the end of an incredible 2016 for El Gato Negro. There’s plenty on and we look forward to seeing you over the holidays… let the celebrations commence!

Opening hours

We’re open as usual until Christmas Eve, when our last food service in the restaurant will be at 6pm. The restaurant is then closed for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Our last food service on New year’s Eve will be at 9pm. We’ll be holding a select ticket-only event upstairs in The Black Cat at 11pm, to see in 2017 in style with cava and pinchos. Full details on this event can be found here.

Sat 24th (Christmas Eve)  Last service 6pm
Sun 25th (Christmas Day)  Closed
Mon 26th (Boxing Day) Closed
Tues 27th/Wed 28th 12:00–14:30 / 17:00–21:30
Thurs 29th 12:00–14:30 / 17:00–22:00
Fri 30th 12:00–22:30
Sat 31st (New Year’s Eve) 12:00–21:00 then private event
Mon 1st-Thurs 5th Closed

Christmas decorations at El Gato Negro Manchester

Dining

Since we recently increased our capacity to meet demand we’ve more space for smaller and larger parties alike, and are still taking bookings throughout December. We offer set menus for larger groups, which have proved incredibly popular since they were introduced. If you’d like to make a reservation please contact our host team. As there’s so much demand for our regular dishes – including our recently refreshed autumn menu – we’re not offering a specific Christmas menu, but look out for specials in the ground floor bar as well as the restaurant.

Drinks

Adding a touch of seasonal spice with a Spanish theme, we’ve been serving mulled sangria since the beginning of the week – something which has proved a welcome winter warmer for customers stepping into our ground floor bar off the street! Look out for some very special festive cocktails upstairs in The Black Cat too.elgatonegro_mcr_05sept2016-0397_1500px

Christmas presents

If you’re looking for a perfect present, why not purchase one of our gift cards? They’re the tastiest gift option around and whether the recipient’s dined with us or not, we’re sure they’ll be gratefully received!

Christmas gift cards at El Gato Negro

Christmas gift cards at El Gato Negro

We want to take this opportunity to wish you – as well as those closest to you – a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Christmas wreath

Thanks for all your support and patience over the past year; we can’t wait to welcome you to our new Manchester home very soon. It’s been a thrilling year… so as it draws to a close we can share a little more on what you can expect to enjoy when we open our doors in February 2016!

When you step inside from King Street you’ll see our charcuterie bar – the perfect spot for matching a brilliant drinks selection with some small dishes. On the first floor is the main restaurant dining area, centred around the open plan kitchen where you’ll be able to watch chefs at work. The seasonally-focused menu features old favourites and new dishes, including a new chargrilled section based around our Josper grill. Meanwhile the top floor cocktail bar will enable visitors to enjoy an exclusive selection of Spanish-influenced cocktails and a comprehensive array of drinks. You’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere, and even take advantage of the retractable roof we’ve installed to make the most of sunny days and starry nights. We don’t think Manchester will have seen anything quite like it before!

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The building is coming together nicely: we’ve been making good progress despite some challenging weather conditions over the last couple of months which kept our talented contractors on their toes! We always knew we wanted to launch at the right time and make sure everything was just right, so we’re glad we made a conscious decision not to rush for the sake of it.

Simon says

“We were always aware moving to Manchester and bringing our ideas to life was going to be a lot of work this year! It’s certainly meant plenty of graft and long hours, but that’s been made easier working with a great team of professionals who share the same passion and drive. A big thanks to all our suppliers, contractors, partners, friends and advocates for all your support and hard work this year. It’s been incredibly exciting and it’s thanks to you we’re about to open somewhere very special. So on behalf of everyone on the management team, we’ll raise a glass and hope you all have a restful, relaxed and brilliant Christmas break!”

 

egn_xmas_tree_revised_headerSeason’s Greetings from El Gato Negro Tapas!

We can hardly believe it’s been a month since we announced our big news about relocating to Manchester; since then we’ve been busier than ever, and moved by the level of support and interest from you all. We are now into our last two weeks of service here – with our winter opening hours Wednesday-Saturday – and we only have a handful of covers left between now and our final day on Saturday 20th… so if you’d like to enjoy another award-winning dining experience before we close, we’d suggest calling us on 01422 823070 as soon as possible to book your table.

In more than nine successful years in Ripponden we’ve made many friends here, and have delighted in serving so many customers from both near and far. We hope to welcome many of those familiar faces to our new Manchester home when we open in mid 2015. Please stay in contact with us – via our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter – for more news on our exciting new venture in the new year! Finally, thank you all so much for your ongoing support.

From all of us here at El Gato Negro, we wish you and those closest to you a splendidly festive time! Hoping you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: may you be happy, warm, well-fed and watered. If we’re not lucky enough to see you in the run-up to Christmas we hope we’ll see you in 2015 in Manchester.

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