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“Pub Talk” fun in the Stafford’s wine cellar.

by Rajul on September 6, 2010

In addition to its 20,000 bottles of wine, the Stafford's wine cellar also has many other interesting relics to discover...the perfect venue for an enjoyable "pub talk"

Last year we profiled the central London hotel which is absolute hotel paradise for wine lovers: the traditional and refined Stafford London, recently taken over by international luxury hotel operator Kempinski.

A few weeks ago, London Hotels Insight was invited to attend one of the hotel’s innovative “Pub Talks” – events designed to provide fun, entertainment and learning on a variety of topics.  The evening I attended was a wine tasting, though future Pub Talks will have different themes.

We had the privilege of being guided by Mr Gino Nardella, one of the world’s few certified Master Sommeliers.  Amazingly, he has been working at the Stafford since 1970 – a true professor of wine and a gentleman.

The event took place in the hotel’s atmospheric 360 year old wine cellar, buried deep under the hotel (you need a staff member to guide you there!).

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Master Sommelier Gino Nardella has worked at the Stafford for over 40 years.

Over the course of the evening, Mr Nardella gave us tasting tips on various wines that he had expertly picked out for us.  His passion for his subject had us totally captivated as the excellent wine flowed in abundance.

With high-quality canapés offered too, it was surprising that such a great event was free and open to all (though you must pre-book).  I believe there may be a nominal £1 charge at future events – still super value.

It calls to mind the efforts that the Andaz near Liverpool Street makes to create a certain buzz around its hotel.  Organising such events is certainly a great way to give people a taste of any hotel’s unique qualities.

Guests staying at the Stafford can choose to go on a candlelit tour of the hotel’s wine cellar on request.  They are often offered this opportunity while enjoying the hotel’s equally well-known and discreet American Bar.

A stay at the Stafford really is the perfect gift to give someone you know to be a wine aficionado…the cellar does after all house some 20,000 bottles, so there is absolutely no chance of getting bored!

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The Stafford is very much an old-style, traditional hotel in all senses

I did sneak off during the evening to explore the other parts of the fascinating underground wine cellar, including a little shrine which has been turned into a mini wartime museum.  An intriguing and rather spooky place.

The next “Pub Talks” are taking place on 14th September (cigars and cognac tasting) and 28th September (“Cat-Walk Style”) and will also be held in the wine cellar.  Do contact the hotel directly for details.

It’s the perfect opportunity to check out a hotel renowned for its unobtrusive personal service delivered in a traditional setting, which is currently ranked in the top 50 London hotels on TripAdvisor.

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Photo credits: The Stafford London by Kempinski.

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