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How it all Began

C.Gars is the biggest and best cigar merchant in the UK. With the best prices and knowledgeable staff you are guaranteed to find the cigar you're looking for to get you started on the great journey into premium cigar smoking.

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My late grandfather loved his Monte 2's and my Father still does, they both visited many of the great cigar merchants over the years including Zino Davidoff in Geneva.

Our family sold good cigars for many years through our hotels and restaurants in Central London and throughout the 1980's when I was in business with my Father we were rarely seen without cigars puffing out blue swirls of smoke in our hotel bars. These were more civilized days before smoking bans were being thought about of course.

In the 1990's I was a petrol retailer and built some fabulous convenience stores that stocked a good range of Havanas, I was surprised at how popular they were and with the guidance of my assistant Laura (now of course Director of C.Gars Ltd) we set up the first Internet website selling cigars in the UK. Our ethos was to offer a great range of Havanas at unbeatable prices with personal service second to none. I believe we have kept true to this ethos through till today.

C.Gars Ltd was established in 1997 and is now the leading cigar specialist in the UK.

The cigar business was a funny old business in the UK in the mid 1990's, sort of an 'old boys' network that didn't want anyone to spoil their high margin, low service game that had been so successfully played for many years. However that did not deter the Orchant family and we boldly declared that our mission was to become the biggest and the best Cigar Specialist in the UK.

No doubt many other retailers and suppliers had a chuckle at that at the time! But where are they now? Well, some have disappeared from the industry, some we have bought and some soldier on as shadows of their former selves. In the meantime we continue to go from strength to strength.

Our shops have a warm ambience and a great atmosphere where our customers can browse at leisure without any pressure, where the law permits cigar sampling we always welcome customers to relax with a smoke, drink and friendly chat. All of our shops have been awarded 'Gold Medal Specialist in Havanas' certificates from importers Hunters and Frankau. This is based on the size of the range of cigars stored in our walk in humidors as well as the training that our staff have received.

Our business started in mail order and rapidly progressed to the internet way before we ventured into retail, we knew that the industry would shrink in terms of serious cigar specialists and the internet would make purchasing cigars easier for the masses throughout the country. I remember being amazed when we reached 100 visitors a day to our website! I should be staggered when I tell you that we now have in excess of 5000 visitors to our main website daily!

To understand this better, I can only tell you and confess that I am a cigar bore and have been since I was 15 years old. I never had much interest in sport, never had any serious hobbies other than enjoying driving nice cars (whilst smoking equally nice cigars of course) and as a consequence I spent my down time visiting cigar stores, collecting cigars and reading every scrap of information in every book I could find on cigars. Luckily for me, I have never really felt like I was working in the cigar business; just enjoying myself and chatting to fellow cigar aficionados. I always felt that I had more general knowledge regarding Havana cigars than most cigar merchants in the UK and I always wanted to give the customer the best value for money with some good old fashioned friendly customer service.

I have travelled the world to meet my clients and clients from all over the world have come to our offices to meet me and enjoy the best smokes, drinks and company.There's lots of choice on the internet which can be a good thing for the consumer but when you are purchasing cigars, you really need to know that the merchant you are purchasing from has the right expertise to store and select the cigars correctly for you, the customer. You want to know that the website is a 'real' business and not just a 'drop shipping front', that the prices are competitive, advice available 24/7 and stock available immediately for rapid delivery - That merchant is C.Gars Ltd.

We do, without question, have the largest range of cigars and accessories in the UK, that I am fairly certain of. Prices: Our prices are very competitive and we like to think of ourselves as the 'Asda' of the cigar business. However, we will always guarantee to price match any bonafide cigar specialist in the UK and we will not be undersold. I could not possibly be more fair than that.

Our cigars are supplied by Hunters and Frankau, the sole importer of Havana cigars to the UK, we work very closely with H&F and advise all of our clients to only purchase the finest English Market Selection Havana cigars as we believe they are the finest quality money can buy.

Can you find cheaper cigars in other countries? Sure you can but you really do 'get what you pay for' where Havanas are concerned. Risks are ever present when buying inferior cigars and having your cigars rightfully stopped by UK customs. Why take the chance? Smoke less - smoke the best - smoke EMS, after all 'life's too short to smoke cheap cigars!'

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