Smoke with your meal, sir?

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WINE pairing? Beer matching? Pah! That’s yesterday’s news. These days, all the cool people are having cigars with their dinner.

If you head to the Hotel du Vin in Harrogate on June 8, you can try this too. A three course meal will be accompanied by cigars – and wines – designed to complement each course.

It’s a good place to do it. There’s a special, humidity-controlled room full of cigars next to the bar, and bar manager Peter Dobrontei has just got back from a tobacco and cigar-themed trip to Cuba, which he won from a cigar importer due to knowing lots about cigars.

If you’re on a tight budget, you can partially recreate the cigar matching experience at home by, for example, enjoying a Lambert & Butler with some chips.