Working Lunch: Flour & Grape

As simple as its name suggests, Flour & Grape offers bowls of suspiciously good pasta alongside classic Italian vino that won’t break the bank. If that alone doesn’t tick every Londoners foodie check-list, it’s worth mentioning there’s a subterranean gin bar too.

The Story PR team are always on the hunt for great food and drink destinations near or afar; however, it’s becoming increasingly harder to leave Bermondsey Street – not that we’re complaining.

Spread across two floors, Flour & Grape, once acclaimed Italian spot, Antico, offers a wide variety of cicchetti to start including everything from; burrata, salumi, bruschetta and a variety of dishes dependent on the season. Naturally with an abundance of pumpkins the day after Halloween when we dined, we opted for roasted pumpkin, pomegranate, ricotta and pumpkin seeds – a real crowd pleaser.

Replicating London’s existing restaurant trends, Flour & Grape serve small plates ideal for sharing. We recommend opting for a couple per person to share – most averaging out at around £5. Pasta is made daily on-site and passers-by can watch while every tortellini is gently moulded for service that day. Keen to try as many dishes as our waistbands would stretch to, we found ourselves spoilt for choice.

The Pappardelle dish cooked with unctuous amounts of short-rib was rich and flavoursome, and a glass of barolo wouldn’t have gone a miss; however, this was a working lunch so we settled for sparkling water instead. Another dish was the Tortelloni filled with roasted pork shoulder rested in a decadent sage butter mopped up with the last pieces of focaccia. Taglierini was a total crowd pleaser too, preserved truffle in a buttery emulsion was inhaled in record time.

Unfortunately our belts didn’t allow for desserts, however dreamy and delicious they did sound. Instead, a quick coffee to tackle the carb slump (a necessity!)