Posts

EGN-sherry-placemat-header

Here at El Gato Negro it’s fair to say we are huge fans of sherry: we’ve expanded our range in the last twelve months, and launched our sherry web page earlier this year to provide a guide to the sheer range of types available

There are only a limited number of places left for the next of our popular sherry evenings. Once again we’ll have expert advice on pairing sherry from our friends at leading sherry house Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 175 years, and they’re perfectly placed to showcase six of their best , ranging from dry to sweet sherry. These include the highly limited Tio Pepe En Rama: 2013’s batch has sold out in record time, but we’ve held some stock back especially to share with you on the night.
egn_enrama2013

Simon has created six incredible dishes to pair perfectly with the sherries: as with the last sherry evening, an event like this provides the chance to offer an exclusive tasting menu, comprising dishes which showcase the flair and imagination of the team, and give you the opportunity to try them before anyone else.

The last evening in January went down a storm and customers have been asking for us to repeat the experience ever since: whether you’re already a fan of the broad range of sherries we provide, or you’re keen to learn more, this is the ideal opportunity.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the event starts at 8pm. The price per person will be £45, and includes six sherries, and six specially-created dishes from Simon and the team. Reservations are now being taken for this evening: you can book for any of our nights by phoning 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. 

egn_header_sherries_05

A range of Gonzalez Byass sherries in El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro Tapas is pleased to announce our first specialist event of the year: a gourmet evening of matched sherries and fine food.

Banish the January blues with a splash of Spanish style on Tuesday 22nd January, as we pair a stunning selection of sherries with a special tasting menu. We’re excited that this first sherry evening of 2013 will feature a rare UK appearance by the master venenciador direct from leading sherry house Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry in Jerez for over 175 years, and they’re perfectly placed to showcase the heritage and provenance of these exceptional Spanish wines.

The venenciador’s unique skill is based on a time-honoured tradition of expertly drawing out samples from sherry barrels, using a ‘venencia’ or measure on the end of a long, flexible pole, then pouring these into copitas. Enjoy his flamboyant performance as you savour six very special sherries, along with matching tasting dishes, throughout this special evening.

Gonzalez Byass venenciador

Between the venenciador and an expert from the Gonzalez Byass UK team, you’ll learn about the unique production and styles of sherry, and how these pair with different foods. Simon will be on hand to explain the perfectly-matched dishes from the evening’s tasting menu, expertly complimenting each sherry’s characteristics.

We hope you can join us for this unique and memorable event. Our previous sherry evening last year was a sell-out success and ever since we’ve had customers asking when we’d repeat the experience. There are limited places, and with the added bonus of the venenciador direct from Jerez, places will go quickly.

Bookings can be secured by phoning the restaurant direct on 01422 823070*
Doors open 7pm, and the event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £45 per person.
* We use a telephone booking system to ensure the seating plan is tailored to your needs. Please let our staff know if you have any specialist dietary considerations. Thank you.

Fino and palourdes clams

A selection of the Gonzalez Byass sherries in EL Gato Negro

Simon’s just returned from a brief but informative trip to Jerez thisweek, visiting the soleras and cellars of González Byass and learning much more about the history and quality of their sherries. As one of the most distinguished and renowned sherry wineries, he had a lot to learn from them! We’ve stocked many of their lines for some time, both as popular regulars and limited edition specials; and we’re very excited to be introducing some of their less-widely availably wines, as perfect companions to many of our superb Spanish-influenced dishes.

Earlier this year we held a wildly successful sherry tasting evening, and received great feedback from the guests who joined us to learn more about the wines. Encouraged by the recent upsurge in interest in quality sherries in the UK, and with greater interest than ever from our customers, we’ve decided to expand the range of sherries we stock, and provide an online guide to customers and viewers to give greater insight into the breadth and variety of these characteristic wines. Believe us when we say these are a million miles from the sweet cream varieties which many people still associate with the word ‘sherry’…

We’ll shortly be launching a new section of the website, dedicated to these delicious, distinctive and elegant wines; and have another event in the works to complement the new online feature. Keep your eyes peeled and glasses at the ready for more news and a special feature on our website soon… and in the meantime, please ask our staff for recommendations while you’re dining in the restaurant. Incidentally, the current special is this superb limited edition Tio Pepe Fino En Rama, which is definitely one of our all-time favourites… highly recommended!

A limited edition Tio Pepe Fino En Rama in El Gato Negro