A new Manchester venue is pouring the UK’s first ever serve of El Tequileño tequila. Ramona bar and restaurant launched on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter last month with a dedicated margarita bar, campfire garden, Detroit-style pizza kitchen, and is the first venue in the UK to offer the much sought-after tequila brand.
General manager, Andy Marshall, took a trip to Tequila town (yes, it’s a real place) in Mexico on a mission to find the best tequilas and experiment with margarita serves and El Tequileño Blanco was the winning spirit and will be the house pour at the bar. It’s made from mineral-rich volcanic water and the finest blue agave plant that takes about seven years to mature, and has a unique herbal taste with a mellow, natural sweetness and a hint of citrus.
Andy says: “All the locals in Tequila town swear by El Tequileño so we were determined to bring it to Ramona and establish it as our house pour. It’s perfect in our margaritas and we loved the family story behind the product. They were all great fun to work with and really excel in their craft and share our commitment to quality. But most of all, it tastes incredible and we’re delighted to be the first UK bar to serve it right here in Manchester.
“We’re running our margarita bar and campfires, and tables are booking up quickly as the good weather is bringing Mancunians back out to do what they do best – have a great time while supporting the brilliant hospitality sector that has been hit so hard during the pandemic.
Andy adds: “Tequila is no longer the drink of late-night slammers, it has matured, grown up and come back with a bang. El Tequileño is a top quality product, crafted with care, using sustainable practices that will keep the 60-year old distillery operating for years to come. It’s what we’re all about – finding the best products to make sure our customers have the best possible experience with us.”
House margaritas on the menu all include El Tequileño Blanco tequila, featuring the Ramona (El Tequileño Blanco, Cointreau, lime oleo, salt), the Margot (cucumber, lime, mint and yellow chartreuse) and the Tommy Rosa (hibiscus, agave and lime).
Ten Locks in Manchester is the company bringing El Tequileño to the city, and indeed to the UK hospitality sector. Becky Davies, head of commercial, says: “We’re proud to bring such a special and unique brand to the UK and even more so as the first pour is taking place on our home turf. It’s a brand we believe in, admire and applaud for its dedication to its craft and the care it takes at every stage of the production process to ensure a sustainable, high quality finished product that we know drinkers are going to love.”
El Tequileño Blanco will be the house pour at Ramona and the Mexico-inspired bar will also serve El Tequileno’s Platinum, Reposado, Gran Reserva and Añejo Gran Reserva so you can wash away your lockdown woes with a tequila tipple all summer long – salud!
Booking are now open so reserve your space here chicos and chicas: https://www.takemetoramona.com/
As well as El Tequileño, Ten Locks’ portfolio of purpose-led, progressive brands includesLangley’s gin, Mary White vodka,Nusa Caña, Applewood gin, West Cork Irish Whiskey, Salford Rum, Diablesse Rum, and Banhez mezcal. Get in touch with the Ten Locks team at firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.ten-locks.com to find out more.