Food: Humble Grape

Cheese & Wine

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It’s always nice when a new restaurant or bar opens on your doorstep – and even more so when it’s devoted to cheese and wine. Islington’s latest offering? Humble Grape on Theberton Street.

This independent wine merchant has been sourcing handcrafted wines from family-run wineries since 2009; it already has spaces in Battersea and central London. Each wine comes with a story – one is made by ladybirds (well, perhaps not made) and another on a mountain – and can be drank in, by the glass or bottle, or taken away, by the bottle or case.

The new split-level space features a wine shop, bar and library, and restaurant. The latter is a light-drenched urban garden of sorts, with green banquettes, plenty of wood and lots of luscious plants. Still, we like to be surrounded by what we’re drinking: opt for a table in the small shop, with floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with beautifully labelled bottles of red, white, rosé and bubbles.

Choose your tipple and then take a look at the food menu, which as well as a large cheese offering (from rich Rebellion to smooth and salty London Blue) includes charcuterie, small and bigger plates, and a handful of steaks (naturally). Whatever you order – from dive-caught scallops and Dorset crab to grilled chorizo and duck rillette – don’t miss the warm chocolate fondant topped with a blob of rum-and-raisin ice cream. Plus, just because you drank in, it doesn’t mean you can’t take a bottle home with you too.

Humble Grape, 11-13 Theberton Street, London, N1 0NP.

Photo: Humble Grape.

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