El Gato Negro Sur le Tour catThe Tour de France is almost upon us, and our headline offer is a real winner, with tickets on sale now. El Gato Negro is located just metres away from a dramatic stretch of Stage 2, as the peloton descends into Ripponden from Blackstone Edge. It’s the perfect base for a delightful gourmet day with breakfast and lunch included, so you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in comfort!

This private daytime ticket is a superlative deal so you can enjoy the thrills and spills of the race in style. Just £70 per head for a guaranteed place from 9am-5pm. The price includes all of these features, making it exceptional value:

  • Private, unrestricted access to the restaurant (and our comfort facilities) between 9am-5pm. Stay inside or pop out to enjoy all the action.

  • A guaranteed table from 9am-5pm, with table service and complementary bar snacks

  • Our epic Spanish-style breakfast (see below for full details)

  • A great, late tapas lunch, after the excitement of the race passing through the village is over

  • Probably the best selection of wines and sherries in Ripponden, along with beers, coffees and soft drinks to suit every taste.

  • Live race coverage on our big screen, or the chance to step outside and enjoy it for real

Almost certainly the biggest and best breakfast in Ripponden

It’s going to be a long, thrilling day, so from 9am-11am we’re serving an epic gourmet breakfast to set you up in style. It’s our characteristically Spanish-style riff on a proper full Yorkshire breakfast. Here’s what it includesegn_june_tablelayout

  • Brindisa dry cured smoked panceta 

  • Pimentón Dulce chorizo Catalan

  • Spanish morcilla (black pudding)

  • griddled Portobello mushroom

  • a choice of either fried or scrambled eggs

  • our very own home-made alubia baked beans

  • home-made patatas haché (think hash browns, but better)

  • artisan miche sourdough toast

  • your choice of tea or coffee

Perfect for a leisurely and luxurious start to the day!

Bar and facilities

As the excitement mounts our bar will be open, with table service from our dedicated team. We’ll have our favourite champagnes, cavas, wines and sherries on hand… plus we’ll be showcasing some wonderful new Spanish wines from our forthcoming wine list too. They’ll be complementary snacks throughout the day too, to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch. And don’t forget the relief of having access to our facilities; even if you nip outside to experience the excitement on the streets, you’ll still be able to enjoy our clean restroom facilities without fighting the crowds.


A selection of wonderful tapas dishes by El Gato Negro (dishes shown may vary from those on the day)

A post-race lunch to savour

After the race passes through the village (approx 2.45-3pm) Simon and the team will be serving a selection of set menu with seven superb tapas classics and a bottle of wine to be shared between two.

We’ve upgraded the wines from our normal house too… you have a choice of either

  • Red – Candidato Barrica 3
  • White: Plot 22 Airen Blanco

We’ll be finishing the daytime service for 5pm, in time to ready the restaurant for the evening meal special.

Reserve your places for this fantastic day now by calling 01422 823070. See everything we’re offering for Le Tour here


Le Grand Départ is coming to Ripponden! As we’re located right by the tour route, El Gato Negro is offering a choice of fantastic options for die-hard cycle fans, curious tourists, food lovers, and those just wishing to take part in the party atmosphere!  Our traditional Yorkshire stone-flagged floors will provide as much respite and cool as our selection of wine, sherries and beers for the event. And with several ways to enjoy our food, you’ll be able to mix the best of British and the most continental of flavours in a perfect package for a fantastic day out!
Option 1 is a ticket for a private daytime event. It’ll be an early start and a long day of thrills, so our Spanish-style breakfast will set you up in style, served from 9-11am. Then later we’ll be serving a great tapas lunch, with a set menu and a bottle of house wine. Plus of course the bar will be open, and we’ll have some special wines on hand for all the celebrations.

You’ll be able to watch all the excitement outside on the busy streets, or from the comfort of inside the restaurant on the big screens. A great deal at just £70 per head.

Option 2 is food to go: we’ll be selling a great lunch deal. Grab some special hot food, gourmet crisps and a cool drink and enjoy the spectacle in the crowds on the street outside. Great quality food to go… just £10.

Option 3 is a set evening meal (for when the peloton’s passed by and the roads have reopened, but the party carries on) offering some glorious tapas and a bottle of wine. Just £40 per head.
There’s plenty of interest so to secure your places, please call 01422 823070, or ask in person at the restaurant, for full details. Limited spaces!


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.



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.






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

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+.





asparagus, fried duck egg & almond picada

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)

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

Easter Sunday
Open for lunch 1 – 4pm 



 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.



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.

Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté


A choice of either…
Seared hand-dived scallop with carrot and ginger puree
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
Fillet of line-caught Sea Bass, spring green vegetables, white bean and horseradish


A choice of either…
Classic glazed lemon tart with fresh Raspberries
Valrhona chocolate caramel delice
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!



Pencils at El Gato Negro

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!