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Humble Grape

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The second branch of an independent wine bar and shop.

If you don’t know your Bordeaux from your Burgundy, wine bars can be intimidating. Happily, that’s not the case at Humble Grape, which lives up to its name with an unpretentious approach to vino.

Having originally made its home in Battersea, this independent wine bar and shop has opened a second branch down a cobbled passageway just off Fleet Street. Despite the modest exterior, it’s surprisingly vast inside, with dark wood panels and wine bottles lining the walls. Soft jazz tinkles through the speakers, and there’s a choice between seats at the bar, cosy booths or tables in the back.

The wine list has around 30 options by the glass or carafe – or delve deeper with more than 200 varieties by the bottle. Luckily, you don’t have to be a connoisseur to understand the menu, which walks the line between funny and informative (without ever sounding patronising). A bottle of red with a particularly complex name is described as ‘Virtually unpronounceable. Completely unforgettable,’ while a variety of chardonnay is billed as ‘liquid lemon meringue’, a surprisingly apt description. If, unlike me, you need more to convince you than the word ‘meringue’, staff clearly know their stuff and are happy to advise.

For even more booze for your buck, a flight of four varieties costs £13 or bottles at the bar are retail price on Monday nights. This wine destination might be humble, but with prices like that, it’s worth shouting about.

Venue name: Humble Grape
Contact:
Address: 1 St Bride's Passage
London
EC4Y 8EJ
Opening hours: 12am-12pm weekdays
Transport: Tube: Blackfriars
Price: Free
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:1
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tastemaker


Humble Grape is an intimate wine bar near Devonshire square. Staff are friendly and extremely knowledgable. The range of wines available is very impressive and the atmosphere is fairly informal. Make sure you visit on a Monday where all wines are available at take away prices, the perfect opportunity to try some more exclusive options.
Tastemaker

The Humble Grape! I think I have fallen in love, if it is possible to do so with a restaurant, come bar, come wine shop.


This vibrant venue, hidden down a side alley off Fleet Street, can often seem intimidating due to the corporate types in their suits, who can be quite rowdy and noisy;  however the staff are lovely, attentive, friendly and will ensure you are seated in a quiet corner, if you are eating and want some intimacy.


The food is top notch and we managed to find a deal for 3 courses and bottomless prosecco at a very reasonable price. Before sitting down, I had wondered how they would treat this, as some venues are very slow with the alcohol on deals like this. The Humble Grape not only didn’t follow this trend, they allowed us well over the 90 minutes ‘bottomless’, providing one of their better bottle(s) of DOCG prosecco. This made our special occasion even more special, and made for a memorable evening.

During the week, there are deals that offer the wine at RRP and there are regular drink tasting evenings that provide great value for money whilst educating about specific regions or grape varieties.


I cannot recommend this place highly enough, although I might regret doing so if it becomes harder to find a table there!

Tastemaker

This not-so-well-known bar was the perfect venue for an engagement party. Intimate, well priced and spacious enough to sit over 20. 


We went on a Monday, which let you choose from the vast selection offered in-store and drink in at the RRP. It saves so much money and doesn't compromise on taste. 


The venue was lit perfectly for first-dates, family celebrations or sophisticated soirees. Not good for pre-drinking or obnoxious groups of people (ie my friends!)


I would definitely return, especially on a Monday. Lovely find, hidden away on Fleet Street!


Tucked away down a alley off Fleet Street, Humble Grape is a perfect *not so little* escape from the London street. Grab a table, ignore the city workers around you and indulge is huge plates of charcuterie and nibbles. The wine list just goes on and on, making decision making tricky but the staff are friendly and knowledgable to help you navigate and choose. You can also purchase any of the wines at RRP to take home. If you’re on a budget visit on a Monday as the drink-in bottles are priced at cost.

tastemaker

I love discovering secret little wine coves!! Though this isn't really a cove of any sort, it is slightly a secret. Its hidden and I only came across it through a wine masterclass I came to.

The selection of wines I had that night were just beautiful! No plonk served here! Amen for that!

The decor is stunning! When I first entered I was hit with the smell of booze and not the good type! I almost turned back but knew I had to dig a little deeper!! Glad I did! Great evening and great wines!


I took my team for a team meal and we had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious, the staff attentive and helpful and the wine selection vast. I signed up with my email and was invited to a wine tasting which was essentially a free evening of wine tasting and nibbles - my friend was very pleased with the invite. In return the staff were promoting Humble Grape's wine club but did so carefully and selectively. I am excited for my first delivery of hand-picked wine!


I really like this place. It's got a great atmosphere and an amazing wine selection. The staff were also friendly and attentive. Perfect for after-work drinks or a quieter informal business meeting at less busy times. Keen to go back to try the food selection which also looks great. 


Absolutely smashing bar! Couldn't recommend it more. Went there with some friends last night and was so impressed with the staff, food and atmosphere. The waitress who served our table took us through the process of vinotyping which was very entertaining. This is a short quiz we each took that helped us and the waitress understand why we liked certain wines. The wine that was recommend was spot on! So good in fact I took 3 bottles home. Big thumbs up!


Bloody great spot for wine and events. Had both a wine tasting and drinks party here. Now we have booked our Christmas party. Great team, excellent stress free events planning!


This is a great discovery! You walk through the door and are impressed by the interior - the tables are well spaced - as opposed to many other places around, which lets you have private conversations. The wines are all sourced from less know boutique producers and there is a huge selection of wines by the glass. The food offering stretches from nibbles to go with your wines as a snack to more substantial selections for a proper meal. Really love this place. Works well for many different scenarios - from a quick lunch to a more substantial dinner or a first date. Will definitely be back... a lot.


Went there for an informal meeting over lunch. Great selection of food, I had the octopus, which was great, others had  steak and all the plates went back clean. Good selection of wine by the glass and carafe which helps if you have to go back to work. Looking forward to trying a wine tasting there soon.


Had a great evening there last Friday. Staff very helpful with choosing our wines. Had a taste of three or four before making our choice. Food was fantastic. Tried all the platters plus the special, a lovely slow cooked beef. Ordered a couple of cases to be delivered . So we'll be able enjoy the wine at home. Going to be a regular there from now on.


Huge selection of wines including from smaller, family-owned wineries, which was welcome after all the mainstream wine bars seen in London. Also tried the biltong, and Amarula, both unique and highly recommended. Despite the location, looked more like a fun place for a date rather than the after-work bar one might expect.



 Fleet Street is epic.  Quite possibly the best steak in London.  Informative & attentive waiters with great stories about each wine.  Was the most personal wine bar experience to date.  The Christopher Wren architecture from the church next door also cascades into the restaurant.  Worth the visit!


Both Fleet Street and Clapham venues are really cool.  Great choices of wines, expertly explained and presented, with lovely matched food.  A great venue for small groups, couples or corporate groups.  A destination of a destination!


The Humble Grape has become a regular haunt. There’s something a bit clandestine about the location, down a alley off Fleet Street, like some underground speakeasy. The staff really know their wine (we had an amazing Alsace Riesling on recommendation), the steaks are awesome and the atmosphere is really laid back. Highly recommended.


This venue is far enough from the madding crown but close enough to the City to be an excellent meeting place for lunch of after work. It's set in an old building that has been tastefully refurbished to create lots of private areas. Can't wait to book this place for my next customer event!


I'll definitely be back at Humble Grape soon! From an extensive wine list we chose a few delicious delicious bottles that went perfectly with our choice of dinner plates that we shared amongst us. The atmosphere is perfect for after work drinks, dinner date or just dinner with friends. Also very impressed the decor - lots of small, clever and authentic touches that added to the experience of the evening.

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Tastemaker

I came here expecting big things from this much lauded wine bar, but I am afraid maybe my expectations got the better of me. The decor was nice and the tables were well spaced such that you did not feel that you lost any privacy, however, this is NOT the place for conversation as it can get pretty loud. The wine list was fairly extensive, as expected, but the food options were severely lacking. Presentation of the food was good but the service wasn't the most attentive and we had to wait a pretty long time for the menus. Understandably, the place was busy, but there were mix ups with the waiters which caused a longer delay. Overall not the first place I would think of to return to for a drink, as there are many more in the area.

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