Cubana’s rum dominance attracts global attention


Sheffield is set for a visit from the ‘Global Rum Ambassador’ next week as it looks for his seal of approval on a menu it’s hoping will be labelled the very best in the UK.

Ian Burrell – founder of the world renowned UK Rumfest and the Annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards – will unveil Cubana’s brand new rum menu at Cubana next Wednesday, 23 May.

The Leopold Square venue’s new menu now offers a staggering 220 different rums and the most extensive tasting notes anywhere in the country. The variety dwarfs Cubana’s existing menu – one that was voted the best in the country in 2016.

The new menu – which stretches to 12,500 words – took the Cubana’s rum  connoisseur John Wickham nearly 18 months to complete.

He said: “It’s a true honour to be able to tempt not only the world’s only rum ambassador to Sheffield to launch our menu but many ambassadors from some of the finest rum brands globally to show off their superb products. It is a sign of how far we’ve come in the past couple of years in our bid to put Cubana on both the national and international rum map.

“The new menu contains a well balanced, exciting selection and includes many obscure, delicious and affordable expressions of rum with the addition of six ever changing rare bottlings which will be strictly limited to one bottle of each.”

The extensive collection has been sourced from right around the globe – from Cuba and all over the Caribbean to more surprising places such as Japan and Germany.

Adrian Bagnoli, Cubana’s co-owner, said: “”All the signs are there that rum will follow gin with a massive explosion in the UK – we’ve seen a 100% increase in sales over the past year. I’m here to ensure Sheffield is the country’s leader.”

Cubana’s status as the region’s rum capital was also singled out in the recently published ‘111 Places in Sheffield You Should Not Miss’ guidebook.

Cubana owners Adrian Bagnoli and Brad Charlesworth hit the headlines in 2016 when they flew to Havana to hand pick a bottle of ‘Maximo Extra Anejo’ – considered one of the greatest and most expensive rums of all time.

Cubana Tapas Bar is situated at Unit 4 Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG. Bookings can be made on 0114 276 0475. More info from