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Ten Manchester Street Hotel, London
Posted: June 7, 2011
No jacket required.
That's not a dress code statement for Ten Manchester Street—just a comment on its Cigar Terrace.
The understated boutique hotel boasts spacious rooms, a prodigious wine list and a top drawer á la carte menu, all of which are making it one of the hottest venues in West London.
But a key draw for lovers of the leaf is the beautifully appointed Cigar Terrace that adjoins the restaurant. This purpose-built outdoor area can be enjoyed in all weather—and you really won't be needing that jacket.
Warmth from overhead lamps keeps you at optimum temperature while you peruse the cigar menu. It boasts surprisingly good value, considering you're only a stone's throw from the shopping emporiums of Marylebone and Bond Street. A Cohiba Siglo VI, for example, will set you back £36 ($58)—and if you select a great small smoke, like the Montecristo Petit Edmundo, you'll pay only £16 ($26). Then one of the attentive staff will clip and light it for you at your table, and the rest of the day is yours.
"The owners have made a big commitment here with the cigars," said charismatic hotel manager Stefano Lodi. "Every time we talk, they ask me 'How are the cigars going? How can we get better?' The terrace is very popular, every day of the week."
As well as businessmen sealing deals and postprandial smokers, the local cigar mob is regularly in attendance, too. Expect to see London cigar merchants like Ajay Patel, Mitch Orchant or Lanesborough cigar sommelier Giuseppe Ruo puffing away nearby.
The walk-in humidor alongside the terrace features all the well-known Cuban brands, and each month, Ten Manchester hosts a cigar evening. For £30 ($49), participants receive a hand-rolled cigar with a well-matched alcoholic drink. A representative from Hunters & Frankau, distributors of Cuban cigars in the United Kingdom, will lead you through the tasting.
As in the best of establishments, attention to detail is what makes the difference; glasses are refilled when they become empty, snacks replaced, a torch lighter placed within easy grasp of each clean, porcelain cigar ashtray. 'Walk-in' customers are welcome, but a reasonable clipping charge is in operation if you don't buy from the humidor.
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