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El Gato Negro placed at 81 in national Top 100 restaurants list

Wow! We were absolutely thrilled to pieces to be included in Restaurant Magazine’s National Restaurant Awards Top 100, regardless of where we actually placed. Just to be mentioned so soon after opening our doors in Manchester was a huge buzz.

As it was, when we heard we’d debuted at number 81 in last night’s awards ceremony at the Hurlington Club in London we were over the moon… what an incredible honour. We are thrilled and humbled to be flying the flag for the North, and to be placed alongside highly-respected and established restaurants in this city and further afield.

Coming just four months after we opened our doors, everyone here is incredibly grateful for such recognition from our peers – 150 industry experts from across the UK, including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics – and so proud of our team for making this happen. It’s testament to their hard work and dedication that we’ve received this award: thanks to all our staff, supplier and supporters!

We’ll admit there are some slightly sore heads today after we had the chance up with old friends and make new ones at the awards ceremony, but we’ll be back to work soon to ensure we keep the standards as high ever and our customers happy as demand continues to increase at the restaurant.

Congratulations to Keeley Buckley who has won our #HungryForTapas competition, which we launched after Simon’s Sunday Brunch appearance.
Competition winner
We had loads of fantastic, mouth-watering entries, and the team spent a long time deliberating the merits of each of them. We were particularly pleased to see several people made Simon’s Chargrilled Onglet with Patatas a lo Pobre!
In the end though, the sheer variety and confidence of Keeley’s epic tapas selection determined her win. She wins an exclusive meal for two with a bottle of wine during our opening week. Well done… we’ll look forward to seeing you in February Keeley!
There’s not just one winner though; as the standard of entries was so good, everyone who entered wins some a prize. We’ll be reaching out to the runners-up and should be seeing them at our new restaurant in King Street in the new year, when no doubt they’ll be #HungryForTapas too!
EGN-comp-winner

If you’ve been past the site of our wonderful new home in Manchester’s King Street recently, you’ve probably spotted a fair amount of activity. After extensive preparatory work on the site scaffolding has now gone up and development is underway to transform the former retail outlet into a magnificent three storey, 150 cover restaurant. We’re on track for an autumn launch, bringing our award-winning Spanish cuisine to the city centre.

Since securing the building in February, chef patron Simon Shaw has been busily working with a specialised design team to develop the restaurant. With such an historic, elegant building, ensuring a sensitive and sympathetic transformation has been one of our most important considerations.  Simon says “We’ve been careful to make the most of our new home in Manchester, pleased with its larger capacity, whilst carefully maintaining the intimacy and character which has always been a key appeal.” Read more

Following news of plans for launching later this year, El Gato Negro Manchester has announced it will open doors at an address on historic King Street.

The former retail space at 52 King Street will see El Gato Negro Manchester take residence across three floors with a stunning conversion sympathetic to the building’s heritage and location. The restaurant’s much anticipated offer will incorporate areas for al fresco all-season eating and drinking, as well as an open finishing kitchen where diners will experience the theatre and pace of authentic tapas.

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