Humble Grape is a small chain of two wine bars, with another two opening soon. We went to one just off Fleet Street. At this point I have to declare a tangential interest, as when we arrived one of my friends realised he was an investor. This also definitely got us a little preferential treatment, as the owner gave us a bottle of prosecco to celebrate a couple of bits of good news that two of us had. I think, however, from observing other tables the staff were really friendly and gave good service to everyone. That said, you may feel you can’t take this review at face value and, if so, fair enough.
It’s a trendy looking place which is pretty comfortable; despite the fact it isn’t actually in a cellar, it has a wine cellar feel to it. There is obviously a substantial wine list by the glass, but in addition to this they have a shop and you can select anything from that.
I shared a couple of dishes with a mate, starting with beetroot roulade. These were rolled with goat cheese and served with a little bit of grapefruit, crushed hazelnuts and watercress. I liked them a bit, but the beetroot overwhelmed everything else. It looked better than it tasted.
Our other dish was a Camembert baked with garlic and accompanied by dipping focaccia slices with a few spikes of rosemary. Hard to mess up, and they didn’t.
One friend had a ribeye steak, which came with two types of pepper sauce. He thought it was excellently cooked, though he only enjoyed the green sauce.
The last main was a lamb chop, which was presented on a pile of green beans, lentils and grains. Again, very well cooked, but my mate was not too impressed with the texture of the base.
To finish, we had a cheese board with four cheeses (my guess is Gruyere, Manchego, goat and…blue). I actually enjoyed them all, but the others weren’t impressed with the Swiss-style one.
Humble Grape Fleet Street is a nice bar, with great service and some good food. I think it’s worth a visit if you are in the City of London – on a weekday, as it closes at weekends. It opens from noon, until 23.00 Monday to Wednesday and midnight on Thursday and Friday.
Address: 1 St Bride’s Passage London EC4Y 8EJ