Humble Grape to open fifth site in Canary Wharf

Independent wine merchant Humble Grape has announced plans to open a fifth store in the heart of Canary Wharf in London.

It already has outlets in Battersea, Fleet Street, Islington and Liverpool Street and they all follow a hybrid model, blending a wine bar with a retail offering.

The Canary Wharf venue will open in mid-July at the steps leading from Cabot Square onto Mackenzie Walk, a few minutes’ walk from Canary Wharf underground and DLR station.

Wine manager Desiree Russo will oversee a rotation of 30 wines available by the glass and 400 lines of wine by the bottle, representing 95 producers spread across 16 countries.

Russo said: “We import our wines directly from small family wineries that champion sustainable, organic, or biodynamic practices. Thanks to our close-knit relationships with our winemakers, we are able to share their unique – and sometimes funny – stories with our guests.”

Alongside the wine, the food menu features a combination of small & large plates celebrating seasonality in the UK, while mirroring the wine list.

Executive chef Neil Gander said: “Our ideas and inspirations come from the countries we choose to seek out our wines. Ingredients are sourced in a similar fashion as the wines, from independent producers with a sustainable ethos.”

The venue will operate seven days a week, opening at 7:30am to offer breakfast and morning meeting spaces, lunch will feature a la carte and set menus options and guests can enjoy wine by the glass or a full dinner in the evening.

Humble Grape’s founder, James Dawson, said: “I fell in love with the site as it has access to water and a large outside space, the first for any Humble Grape venue. Most importantly, I don’t feel there is currently any brand in Canary Wharf focusing purely on wine, especially the high-quality boutique wines that we offer together with fabulous, unpretentious and friendly service.”

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