England is recognized around the world for having
some of the world's leading cigar merchants and for a very knowledgeable and
discriminating customer base, resulting in the creation of the famed English Market
Located in the North of England is James Barber Tobacconists, a business that was founded
back in 1867 and is going on its fourth generation.
The business was founded by the present owners great Grandfather, Joseph.
Joseph crossed the Atlantic over thirty times to visit his plantation in Kentucky. Joseph
manufactured twist pipe tobacco at his factory in Otley and the retail shop still stands
on the same street today.
James Barber owns the business himself and has been in the business since 1980.
In 1994, James was elected as the youngest ever Chairman of the Association of Independent
Tobacco Specialists, which is the United Kingdom's national tobacco governing body.
Walking inside their spacious humidor, connoisseurs will find many of their favourite
brands in stock including such hard to find cigars as Montecristo 'A', Bolivar Belicoso
Finos, Partagas Lusitanias, Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas, Sancho Panza Sanchos, Saint
Luis Rey Serie A, and Punch Punch, among others.
James has had the opportunity to travel to, both, the Dominican Republic and Cuba and is
probably the largest retailer of pipes and handmade cigars outside London.