Chinese New Year


Happy Chinese New Year!


We'll be offering an exclusive Kimchi & Cheese Toastie for Chinese New Year, available at all eight of our cafés as of NOW! We'll also be handing out lucky red envelopes at all our cafés on Saturday 25th January filled with words of wisdom and complimentary coffee and cake vouchers. So come on down and join us in gotta be in it to win it!
As Chinese New Year is fast approaching, we thought we’d give you a bit of an insight on important things associated with the Spring Festival as we begin to celebrate The Year of the Rat!


If red is your favourite colour, you’re definitely in for a treat with this one… With red being the main colour associated with the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, you can expect to see streets, buildings, houses and everywhere that is celebrating this festival to be decorated in red, the colour that is believed to be auspicious.

Another recognisable decoration associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year is the Red Chinese lanterns. The Chinese lanterns were first invented during the Eastern Han Dynasty as a source of light, however, over time, they are used less for practicality and more for decoration purposes. Alongside these, you can expect to see hanging red couplets carrying images of prosperity. 


Family Time

Chinese New Year is considered to be the most important time of the year where families reunite and share one of the most important meals of the year together

 Firecrackers and Fireworks

With fireworks being considered as indispensable when it comes to the Spring Festival, you know what awaits you as the clock strikes midnight. From major city displays to private celebrations, China’s sky is well and truly magically lit up to see the Chinese New Year in. 

2020 marks The Year of the Rat!

The year of the Rat come with some fun personality and characteristic traits, let’s take a look…
 People born in the year of the Rat are likeable by all. They are optimistic and energetic with a kind personality, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude. 
Women born in the year of the Rat are the traditional type. Super organised, place their family in a very high regard and are incredibly responsible with great ability.
Men born in the year of the Rat are clever and adaptable. They are creative and great at taking advantage of opportunities. 
Lucky things for Rats
Colours: blue, gold, green
Numbers: 2, 3
Flowers: lily, African violet, valley lily
Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, northeast
Directions of wealth: southeast, east
Directions of love: west
Unlucky things for Rats
Colours: yellow, brown
Numbers: 5, 9
Want to celebrate Chinese New Year with EL&N? We'll be covering the bill of one lucky table in our Winner Wednesday menu at each café. You can find a list of all our cafés along with their opening times on our Locations page.