RESTAURANT REVIEW: HUMBLE GRAPE, FLEET STREET
Humble Grape Fleet Street is the new kid on the block, a modern, chic wine bar with fantastic food offerings and the twin to the original Humble Grape in Battersea, an independent wine merchant that seeks out hand crafted wines from obscure, unknown vineyards from around the globe
Words: Rachel Mantock
The inside of the Humble Grape wine bar just off Fleet Street is like an old, abandoned bank vault, with high stone arches, brick walls and a huge expanse of space.
The wood tables bring warmth to the dimly lit space without compromising sophistication and the service was so quick that bottles of wonderfully tasting champagnes and wines were at your table seconds after you had ordered them. The décor is a combination of bright blues, different wood texture, leathers and ultra contemporary light fixtures.
Not being a big meat eater, even I was engrossed by their meat platter offerings, unable to stop myself from having another taste, over and over again until I was basically just consuming the entire platter solely by myself. Their wine menu is split into colours, white, red, pink and orange, each section full of robust, tantalising flavours.
The social atmosphere inside this restaurant was like nothing I had ever experienced in a dining setting before, with random tables joining other tables as people made connections, bonding over work, travels and how much they loved each other’s outfits.
Before the evening ended, we were part of a huge group that had accumulated around a table by the bar, with none of us quite sure how that had occurred, though it is safe to say that the copious amounts of wine probably had something to do with it. I met people from all over the US and Europe, each with exciting careers and an eagerness to relax and enjoy themselves. This all occurred in one evening at the Humble Grape, not bad for the new kid on the block!
£30 plus for a bottle of wine, £8 plus for a glass, between £10 and £20 for platters
Celebrating and meeting new people as the space is huge with high ceilings and large tables, with an unusually social atmosphere
What to eat…
The meat platter, even if you wouldn’t normally go for meat
What to know…
They hold special wine tasting events every month, not to be missed!
1 St. Bride’s Passage EC4Y 8EJ; humblegrape.co.uk