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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’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!

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Simon and John and the Michelin Guide
mbg logoWe’re over the moon to have been awarded our first Michelin Bib Gourmand – the award from the iconic guide* which recognises those establishments offering good food at affordable prices.

El Gato Negro is one of just 27 new Bib Gourmands awarded in this year’s Michelin Guide. The Guide now features 143 Bibs across the whole of Great Britain and Ireland; only ten of which are in the North of England and just three, including El Gato Negro, located in Yorkshire. So it’s a huge privilege to be awarded a prestigious Bib; flying the flag for great food in West Yorkshire.

Chef-proprietor Simon Shaw comments: “We’re incredibly proud and honoured to be recognised by the Michelin Guide in this way. It’s a true testament to the restaurant team’s hard work and professionalism and I can’t thank them enough for all their support over the years.”

El Gato Negro has been listed as a Recommended restaurant  in previous editions of the Michelin Guides but this, along with another recent strong listing in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, and a series of glowing customer reviews, shows we continue to strive and improve our offering.

We believe it also demonstrates Simon’s vision that providing a mix of confident and exciting Spanish-influenced food, a personally-chosen selection of appropriate wines; and friendly, knowledgable staff  in an informal atmosphere will be equally popular with discerning critics and patrons. With plans well underway to take the flavours and ethos of El Gato Negro to a wider audience in 2014 via our lovingly restored Citroen HY van, we look forward to what luck the black cat brings us (and you) in the next twelve months!

*The paper version of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014 will be available in bookshops from 4 October 2013, priced at £15.99 (€16.99 in Ireland).

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El Gato Negro in Good Food Guide 2014

Having featured consistently for several years, we are delighted to once again be featured in the Good Food Guide 2014… one of only a select group of eating establishments in this part of the county to do so.

They say “No clichés, just sharp honest tapas” and commend the food, the ambience and the wines. We say thanks for another great review!

 

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Our customers have been asking us for years if we’d open on Sundays. With the exception of a few special occasions (such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) we’re usually closed. However… we’re always responsive to our customer’s wishes, so we’re pleased to announce that starting this month, we’ll be opening for on the first Sunday of the month, featuring a bespoke menu comprising some old favourites, superb specials and seasonal delights.

The first Sunday we’re open is July 7th, and then every month after that. To allow our hard-working staff to recharge their batteries, after a Sunday opening we’ll be closed on the Tuesday as well as our usual Mondays. Therefore we’ll be closed on Tuesday 9 July.

We’re now taking advance bookings for Sunday lunch on 01422 823070, and doors will be open from 1pm. Enjoy a day of rest with a great alternative to Sunday lunch at home, offering El Gato Negro’s superb standards of food and wines. We hope to see you there!

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Father's Day at El Gato Negro Tapas

Great news for Dads (and everyone else in the family)! Following the success of Mother’s Day back in March, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be opening on Sunday 16th June for Father’s Day. We’re not normally open on a Sunday… so it’s a great chance to enjoy a special family lunch and treat your dad to a delicious, memorable meal at El Gato Negro Tapas. Or indeed if you’re just looking for a special Sunday lunch to enjoy!

Six dishes for Father's Day at El Gato Negro Tapas

Simon and the kitchen team will be serving a special menu: six of our signature tapas dishes, and a choice of dessert – all for just £25 per head.

The six dishes are

  • Padrón peppers with Halen Môn Salt
  • Mini Catalan chorizo with Aspall Cider
  • Patatas bravas
  • Poached duck egg yolk with Alejandro chorizo & migas breadcrumbs
  • Pinchos Morunos, chickpea and chilli purée, and harissa yoghurt dressing
  • Tiger prawns with chilli, lemon, garlic and paprika

… and a choice of dessert

  • A selection of ice creams
  • Creme Catalan
  • A selection of cheeses

We’re offering a choice of two sittings: either 12-3 or 3-6, with limited numbers of places available for both sittings.

Reservations are now being taken: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070. We expect both sittings to be rapidly booked up, so we’d recommend calling and booking rapidly to avoid disappointment.

 

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We’re open for a very important Sunday this month – Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 March. Regulars may know we’re normally closed on a Sunday… so this is a rare and perfect opportunity to treat your mum to a special and memorable meal at El Gato Negro Tapas.

Simon and the team will be serving up a suitably special menu: six delightful tapas dishes, and a delicious dessert – all for just £25 per head. We’re offering a choice of two sittings: either 12-3 or 3-6. Limited covers are available for both sittings.

Reservations are now being taken: please call the restaurant directly on 01422 823070. We expect both sittings to be rapidly booked up, so we’d recommend calling and booking quickly to avoid disappointment.
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