There’s a lovely new wine bar that has been making waves in London called Humble Grape, located in the vaults of St. Bride’s Church on Fleet Street near St. Paul’s. This little wine bar is special for many reasons – the best being that it specialises in wine from sustainable, independent growers from around the world, with 30 varieties available by the glass or carafe and more than 200 by the bottle. Needless to say, it’s a wine lover’s idea of heaven.
When you walk into Humble Grape, you’re automatically stunned by the space – with exposed stone vaulted ceilings, recycled cork walls, and rustic tables and chairs – it feels as though you have tumbled down the stairs and into an idyllic wine cellar filled with some of the best wines you could imagine. There is a lovely bar area where you can relax with a post-work glass of wine as well as plenty of seating throughout the rest of the venue. While Humble Grape is primarily a wine bar, they do have some fantastic food options for dinner as well as a Daily Express Lunch Menu, so we decided to give it a go.
We kicked off our lunchtime soiree with some vino of course – 3 glasses of delicious Malbec. We were all admiring the packaging on some of the bottles as a quite a few of them are very unique and would make great gifts for for friends or family.
Our knowledgable wine sommelier showed us a few more rare and unique bottles of wine, including this Mother’s Ruin, which I plan to go back and get as the label was one of the most original ones I’ve seen. I must also note that the bottles of wine for sale are quite reasonably priced starting around £20 a bottle.
The Daily Express lunch menu is ideal for city slickers on the go who want to have a lunch meeting or just pop-in for a quick bite to eat. We all opted for the Sweeney Todd, aka steak sandwich with dry aged sirloin steak, carmelised onions, horseradish and watercress with some pico de gallo on the side, which complemented the sandwich quite well. The steak sandwich was delicious and full of flavour – it was the perfect lunchtime option. Other sandwiches include Smoked Mackerel; Parma Ham, Rocket and Parmigiana; Roasted Aubergine, black olive, halloumi and rocket as well as thinly sliced Tenderstem broccoli, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, black rice and toasted sunflower seeds.
After lunch, we had a wander around the space. I love this piece of art on the wall as it is so bold and bright, which is a stark contrast from the rest of the lovely rustic venue and really makes the dining room come alive. I’d love to have something similar in my flat! It’s the perfect centre piece and a great conversation piece.
One of my favourite areas of the venue is the actual cellar, which holds several bottles of fantastic wine. Couples can opt to have dinner in this special room, which is small and intimate – perfect for date night or special occasions.
And of course, the wine shop – filled with dozens upon dozens of different and unique wines that you can peruse and take home with you! Humble Grape also host several wine tasting events throughout the year and you can even curate your own wine tasting experience in the private dining room area – which would be awesome for parties or to do with family and friends.
Humble Grape Fleet Street is a fantastic wine bar to head to for so many different occasions, whether it be a quick lunch, drinks after work, dinner, wine tasting with friends, private parties, you name it – it’s the ideal spot in London! The space is beautiful, service is friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about wines, and they have a fabulous wine selection. You can even check out what types of wine they have in stock online (it’s ever evolving).
If you’re a wineaholic, head to Humble Grape for your next evening out! You’ll love it.