Christmas comes around every year but we’re never ready for it when the requests for information start coming in July. Because our menu is seasonal, and, with so much uncertainty about costs because of the Brexit effect on the exchange rate, it’s taken us even longer to be ready this year. But we’re ready now with a set of fixed priced selections to meet every need, happy to take party reservations from November 19th. Because of demand, and because sadly people sometimes let us down, we do need to adhere strictly to our reservations policy over the Christmas period, which you can read below, along with the menus.
Lunch with Spanish Wines – Saturday 17 June
We are pleased to announce our next special event – a five course Gourmet Lunch with matched Spanish Wines and Sherries, to take place on Saturday 17th June (12.00 for 12.30.)
Guests will be welcomed with cava and canapés on arrival, followed by five special tapas prepared by Shareen and our wonderful chefs, each with a carefully matched Spanish wine, (including some sherries,) chosen by our maestro sommelier and qualified Sherry Educator, Phil. The lunch will conclude with coffee and petits fours and you should be free to stroll home (or taxi) for your siesta by around 4.00 p.m.
We like to keep the final details of the menu as a surprise but it will include a selection of vegetable, fish and meat dishes* showing the best of modern and traditional Spanish cooking. Ticket price, including food and wine (and VAT at 20%) will be £65.00 per person. This event takes place at the start of national Refugee Week, so we will be donating £5.00 per ticket sold to Swindon City of Sanctuary. (https://swindon.cityofsanctuary.org/ )
Christmas has crept up on us once again but we’re ready for it. We’ll be open as normal up to Christmas Eve, when, despite it being Saturday, we will take reservations up until 7.30. The kitchen will serve food until 8.30 and we’ll close a little early at 10.00 pm. This will give us all time to go and confess our sins and prepare the Christmas feast… before then we’ve Christmas party fixed price menus available for the larger groups who want to celebrate with us. Email us with your requests and we’ll tell you the details.
We also have gift vouchers and our lovely Rioja wines available, with gift boxes if you like, for unique Christmas presents for the hispanophiles in your life. We can also access some speciality Spanish ingredients if you want to stuff your turkey with chorizo for example but do feel free to ask.
As always, we’ll be closed between Christmas and New Year, re-opening on Wednesday January 4th.
Swindon – City of Sanctuary
Los Gatos is proud to have been one of the first businesses in Swindon to sign up to support “Swindon – City of Sanctuary.” This group, linked to the national City of Sanctuary movement, aims to develop networks in our town to welcome refugees and asylum seekers who end up here, far from home, because of war, persecution or hunger. Since becoming a supporter, we have helped a group of refugees develop a pop-up restaurant (a great success and will pop up again in February – watch this space.)
We’re now offering a “Sanctuary Tapa” each week on our specials board, which will feature a recipe from a refugee with all proceeds going to the Harbour Project, a local charity which offers new visitors language, social, legal, occupational, psychological and employment support, as well as friendship, advice and hope.
Individuals, schools, businesses or community groups of any size or type can find out more and pledge their support at https://swindon.cityofsanctuary.org/pledge-your-support or http://harbourproject.org.uk/ .