Tom Assheton had his damascene moment in the mid 90’s, the result of which is our Tomtom business today. On a trip to France to visit the British and Commonwealth War Graves he purchased, on a whim, a box of Cuban cigars. A box of Romeo y Julieta Petit Julietas. On return from France, and with the box smoked, he declared a change of direction – goodbye to the Rural Surveying job and hello Cigar Merchant. His wife immediately dispatched him to Havana and so begun the first steps to the foundation of Tomtom Cigars (www.tomtomcigars.co.uk)…and further down the line the Tomtom cafés.
In the back of Tom’s mind was the happy memory of the coffee bar he encountered in the Partagas shop. Unable to shoe-horn a bar into the cigar store at no. 63 Elizabeth Street,
London, SW1W 9PP, Tom decided to open a separate establishment at the end of the street.
August 2008 saw the arrival of Tomtom Coffee House at 114 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 9QD.
The success of this café venture prompted a further local step: Tom opened Tomtom Mess Hall one street away in July 2014.
And that is where we stand today; our shop ‘Tomtom Cigars’ selling Havanas cigars and our coffee beans; ‘Tomtom Coffee House’ where you can drink coffee and breakfast / lunch on simple, tasty dishes with eggs as a mainstay and ‘Tomtom Mess Hall’ where the choice is delicious gourmet burgers and coffee (and breakfast).