1 November 2013

Planet of the Grapes

The first thing to be said is: what a brilliant name for a wine shop! Okay, so it doesn't ooze class but it  makes me smile and definitely sticks in the psyche.

Planet of the Grapes is a wine shop, restaurant and bar. You can buy bottles from all round the globe in store (Oxford Street) and online as well as enjoy your pick of wine lovingly poured for you with a meal in the restaurant (Bow Lane) or a platter in the smaller wine bar (Leadenhall Market).

Now is a good time to quickly share with you that I've just signed up to get a professional wine tasting qualification! In January I will be studying the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 Novice to Professional course, held over two pretty intense weeks.  It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time and I'm excited to have finally gone for it! Who knows; this time next year I could be your friendly sommelier!

Back to our evening at Planet of the Grapes. Paul and I visited the Leadenhall Market wine bar in the City. It's quite small inside and there's a calm, laid back feel to the place. 

They have over 450 different wines to browse through.


They range in price from £20 to hundreds (worth noting that they also charge an additional £10 on top for corkage). All you do is choose your poison, take it to the counter and they'll do the rest.

Time to sit back and relax!


We ordered one of their delicious platters consisting of cheeses, prosciutto, salad, breads, scotch eggs and dips. A wonderful accompaniment to our chosen bottle of Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010!

If you like to sit down and properly enjoy a good bottle of wine with good food then Planet of the Grapes is a very decent choice. It's relaxed and intimate so perfect for a low key catch up with friends.

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  1. I love the name of this place! I think I'd go just for the name. Do they do cheese and wine tasting? :P x
    Heroine In Heels

    1. I know, it's awesome isn't it? I chuckle inside every time I see it! I think they're missing a trick as no, they don't do much with cheese - what a waste! The scotch eggs were an acceptable replacement on this day though. :)

  2. This makes me feel drunk just looking at all those bottles of wine!!

    Laura xx

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  3. The name is really cute! But I don't know if I'd name my wine shop that. I love your shoes!


  4. What a great post! I am a wine-o-holic. I love trying new ones and I'm totally with you on the amazing name of that wine place. lol.. Love your blog girlie, just came across it

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

    1. Thank you! I hope you come back soon! x

  5. That name is actually amazing!

    I know nothing about wine, but love drinking it, do they add in bits telling you about the taste etc? Because that would be really interesting!

    Hmm maybe...

  6. Love the name! haha I am a sucker for a place with a clever name.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  7. I think the name would have me through the door regardless of its contents! I think I would be completely lost amongst those 450 types of wine...Its such a life skill to know what you are talking about with that sort of thing! Wine tasting course might be on the cards- essential Lady like knowledge after all! You're looking gorgeously glam as always too :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  8. This is just across the road from my office and is somewhere I frequent far to often.



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