El Gato Negro

Last night saw us celebrate my wife’s new business adventure, and for us a return to El Gato Negro Tapas in the heart of the beautiful village of Ripponden, was a perfect way to celebrate. This was our 3rd visit to the winner of Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word, Best Local Spanish restaurant, and each time Head Chef and owner Simon, produces beautiful and excellent food.

The interior, is rustic, with a real warmth and splashes of Spanish charm. I love the little touches, like Simon finding the time to come out of the kitchen and explain the different selection of dried meats, their origins and flavours, as it arrives to your table.

For the two of us, we ordered six different dishes, each dish comes out in no particular order, which allows you to fully enjoy each dish rather than having them come all at once. We started off with simple hot pickled chillies, followed by anchovy fillets on crostini, which were so delicate and beautiful in taste. The dish I looked forward to most, was the Morcilla scotch eggs – soft Quail eggs, wrapped in black pudding and incrusted in breadcrumbs, these little gems were simply delicious.

The next three dishes, was a stunning and tender grilled lamb fillets, with Catalan potatoes. A selection of Spanish meats and finally grilled Galician style octopus, pink potatoes and capers, all which were superb.

Very reasonable in price, El Gato Negro is well worth a visit.


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