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


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.


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

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


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.


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

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.