Flour & Grape: Casual Italian Dining in Bermondsey

Flour & Grape: Casual Italian Dining in Bermondsey

Flour & Grape is an incredible Italian restaurant nestled right at the end of Bermondsey Street. We’re big pasta fans, especially when it’s affordable, delicious, and in a cosy restaurant, so we loved our visit to this South London spot. Dive into our complete review now to decide if you should visit Flour & Grape yourself!

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Our Review of Flour & Grape

We visited Flour & Grape for a girls’ annual birthday dinner – and it really was the perfect spot. You can’t book ahead (as is the case with lots of restaurants in Bermondsey), but you can join a virtual queue once you’re within a mile. I managed to join the queue whilst travelling to the restaurant (thank you Jubilee line for your signal)!

We arrived before our table was ready, so we headed down into Two 1 Four, which is a bar located in the cellar of the restaurant. Each of us opted for a cocktail – all of which were delicious.

We got a notification once our table was ready and headed upstairs to be seated. As a group of 3 we were sat at one end of a long communal table – this is common in London restaurants so wasn’t an issue. The only problem with this setup is that seats were benches (which already had lots of people sitting on so couldn’t be moved) so I did have to perform some acrobatics to get myself into my seat.

As it was a treat outing to celebrate three birthdays, we opted for a full three courses. Here’s what we got:

  • Burrata 
  • Pumpkin with whipped ricotta
  • Pumpkin ravioli with sage butter
  • Tiramisu gelato

The particular standouts were the pumpkin starter and the ravioli – both of which were so tasty.

The menu is extremely well-priced, and with three courses and two drinks each it came to £40 each. If you weren’t drinking, or eating at lunchtime with less courses, you could definitely leave Flour & Grape spending less than £20.

The menu at Flour & Grape changes somewhat regularly, but on the menu you can expect to be treated to a wide variety of pasta dishes (each main is named after tha pasta shape it uses), as well as Italian inspired starters and desserts.

Here are just a few of the dishes they serve:

  • Caponata
  • Marinated Peppers
  • Casarecce – with an arrabiata sauce
  • Tortellini – Roasted pork shoulder, sage butter 
  • Bucatini – with cacio e pepe sauce
  • Linguine – with monkfish, tomato, garlic, and chilli
  • Chocolate and hazelnut budino
  • Apricot and prosecco sorbetto
  • Almond and prune tart

The menu has a good variety of vegetarian options, and a handful of dishes that can be made vegan upon request.

All You Need to Know About Flour & Grape Before You Go

As we said, you can’t book Flour & Grape so you’re going to need to join a queue. We recommend downloading the Dojo App and adding yourself to the waitlist as soon as you are close enough as this is a popular restaurant, particularly in the evenings as the wait can be long (we waited for almost 2 hours). The app will also let you know if there’s no queue at all – in which case – get down there quickly to get a seat!

Flour & Grape was founded by Nick Crispini, who says that each day the restaurant serves 24 kg of pasta – with them beginning to make it at 9am each day. The restaurants’ concept centres on serving great pasta at a reasonable price, alongside delicious Italian wine.

Have a Drink at Two 1 Four Whilst You Wait

Whether you’re planning to eat at Flour & Grape or not, we’d highly recommend Two 1 Four. It’s an underground bar that shares an entrance with the restaurant, just turn immediately left and head down the stairs. It has moody lighting, and serves a selection of unique cocktails.

You can also indulge in their gin selection (they have over 100 in stock) by opting for a gin flight to find your favourite!

Where is the Restaurant & How to Get There

Location: 214 Bermondsey Street

The restaurant is a quick 10 minute walk from London Bridge station if you’re either getting the tube, or train to the restaurant. There is also a bus stop right outside the restaurant that has buses that go to Waterloo station.

What to Do in Bermondsey Before & After Your Meal

There’s plenty to see and do in the London neighbourhood of Bermondsey, either before or after your meal. From visiting the weekend’s Maltby Street Market, to wandering down Bermondsey Street, popping into independent shops, grocers, and cute coffee houses.

If you’re eating at lunch time, fill up on pasta before heading over to the Bermondsey Beer Mile to sample a range of beers (other drinks like cider and soft drinks are also available). This is a great group activity to do with friends on a sunny afternoon.

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