Barman is UK’s youngest Keeper of the Quaich

29th November, 2011 by Alan Lodge

Cesar Da Silva, bar manager at The Capital Hotel in London, has become the youngest Keeper of the Quaich in the UK.

Da Silva, 32, joins a group of just 2,071 members from across 86 countries who have been recognised for their work in promoting Scotch whisky.

Under Da Silva, the bar at The Capital has amassed an envied whisky collection – spearheaded by 40-year-old malts including Macallan and Balblair – making it a favourite haunt of connoisseurs the world over.

This summer Da Silva also introduced a Whisky and Cheese Pairing Menu, which has become successful addition to both the bar and restaurant menus.

Aside from being a whisky aficionado, Da Silva has an Advanced Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is completely responsible for The Capital’s extensive wine list. He also creates the bar’s cocktail menu, including the recent ‘70s inspired collection of Sours, Harvey Wallbangers and Godfathers designed to celebrate the hotel’s 40th anniversary.

He has spent his entire working life at The Capital. Leaving his native Portugal in 1996 to stay with relatives in London, he managed to secure a part-time position in the hotel’s room service department.

Combining work with studying for a diploma in hospitality, Da Silva was eventually appointed assistant bar manager of The Capital on a three month trial. Two years later, at the age of just 24, he was promoted to bar manager.

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