Introducing Canto, a new restaurant in Ancoats from Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro Tapas. Modern Portuguese food and drink in a relaxed, casual neighbourhood setting. Opening in Ancoats, Manchester in autumn 2018.

We’re delighted to welcome the esteemed Catalan winemaker Alfredo Arribas to El Gato Negro on Monday April 9th for an evening event showcasing his wines, paired with a 5 course meal created especially by chef patron Simon Shaw. Tickets are just £65 per person



The news you’ve been waiting for… our doors reopen at 6pm this evening, after a short and refreshing summer break in Manchester, Barcelona and beyond. The restaurant is open as usual this evening, then again on Saturday from 6pm, then we will be open through from Tuesday 6pm. It’s good to be back!

The team is ready and we’re launching with a brand-new food menu. Although we’re hoping summer’s not completely over yet, this menu sets us up perfectly to embrace the shorter days ahead, with a range of exciting new dishes. You can browse the whole menu here… as well as the desserts menu we launched last month.

We are also very excited to be launching our brand-new wine menu, which we have been trailing and testing for some time in anticipation of unveiling it. We have significantly increased the number of wines (almost all of which are Spanish), and it’s jam-packed with incredible (and sometimes exclusive) wines. As Simon says…

We’re proud to offer you a superlative selection of Iberian wines, focusing wherever possible on smaller artisanal producers and the very best examples of varietals. I hope you take pleasure in discovering some lesser-known gems which we’ve worked hard to track down.

We’ll shortly be adding a dedicated new wines page to the website; in the meantime you can view/download a PDF of the full new wine list here.

And, as we’ve hinted before we have a series of new tasting events coming up in the autumn and early winter. There’s one per month and they’re going to be rather special… so keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be announcing them next week to newsletter subscribers and our followers on social media and here on the website!



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+.






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!


For our first event of 2014, we’re very pleased to announce the menu for Valentine’s Night on Friday 14th February. We will be offering a sensuously sophisticated set menu to help you start a romantic evening with your significant other. Strictly pre-reserved places only.

You’ll start with a glass of our house Champagne to add some spritz to the evening, before enjoying five stunning courses created specially by Simon and the team in the kitchen.

Velouté of Jerusalem Artichoke

Lobster Cannelloni with a mustard and chive beurre blanc 

Ballotine of corn-fed chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms

Fillet mignon with fondant potato, red wine jus

Chocolate Fondue to share

The price per person is £50. Reservations can be made by phoning us on 01422 823070, or in person at the restaurant. Please be advised, spaces are limited for this event. We look forward to you joining us for a very special Valentine’s evening!

El Gato Valentines cat