Humble Grape is an independent London Wine shop as well as a bar and restaurant located in Battersea Rise. Opened since July this year, the establishment is proving ever popular among the wine loving Clapham set but for the rest of us – I’m a North London girl, this is a definite hidden gem and well worth a visit.
James Dawson, the co-founder, a wine importer who has been in the industry since 2009, secured £500k via crowdfunding.
With a mission statement to make wine ‘socially approachable to all’ this is his first ‘street level’ venture. Dawson however has ambitious plans to open a number of franchises across London.
The unique thing about Humble Grape is that it specialises in seeking out hand-crafted wines from small, unknown and unusual vineyards around the world, part of its ethos is to present this eclectic selection to the public.
The wine bar itself seats 60, split across two levels, it is an intimate but beautiful venue with small wooden tables, and cork lined walls adorned with modern metal wine cases. The ambiance is trendy but authentic, combining modern and old. Most punters appeared to be couples, with its cosy feel and dim lighting you can see why this would be the perfect place for a date. Conversation flows as easy as the wine and you almost forget where the time goes.
Relaxation is also encouraged as you are given the choice to try wine on your terms. You can have a flight of the month, a bottle to share, or simply a glass. You can then buy any of the wines that you like to enjoy at home: an added yet dangerous bonus!
The staff I found to be attentive and extremely knowledgeable without being at all patronising or arrogant. The wine choices are plentiful and advice is readily given.
The food is excellent for a wine bar, with fresh, simple but very tasty options. We treated ourselves to a Vegetarian platter for two: Moreish spiced beetroot, roast butternut squash, skin-on baba ganoush, salsa & rocket (£11.50). I enjoyed a glass of Weingut Von Winning Riesling, 2013, Pfalz, Germany (£8.75 a glass) and my friend, a red wine drinker, was content with a Babich Pinot Noir, 2013, Marlborough & Northlands, New Zealand (£7.25) .
James and his team seem to be onto a winning formula here and I look forward to watching his continuing success.
Price – A very reasonable £27.50 (excluding service).
Ambience – Relaxed, inviting and chilled.
Service – Excellent service, attentive but not intrusive.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For further information please visit: www.humblegrape.co.uk