Don’t expect a restaurant with a big menu, it’s about simplicity here. There are about five tables inside and a couple outside, and food is served from Thursday to Saturday only. We love the idea of their Pizza pop up on Thursdays, courtesy of The Pizza Project and the Fine Wine Friday nights has our name on it to return. Cheese and charcuterie boards are de rigeur at the moment for wine bars, and they are at their best here on Friday and Saturday evenings, think Moroccan veggie and vegan boards, baked camembert, patés and olives. All locally sourced and very moreish. And news on the grapevine is that an expanded tapas style menu is on the cards this Autumn.
A small enthusiastic and friendly team from the local community, most have been in the wine industry for years, filled with knowledge and passion for all things vini and viti-cultural.
This is a local establishment where neighbours and friends gather to relax. It’s small enough to enjoy the peaceful green countryside opposite and strike up a conversation with a fellow diner or passing dog walker. The Grape Variety feels part of a community that happily supports local food, wine and people.
Do you need to be a WineFly to drink here?
There is no pressure here to be a wine buff, if you want a beer, ask for one. The team are keen to share their love of wine, so it’s a great place to ask questions and expand your wine palate. There are regular wine tasting evenings to learn more, from different wine regions and styles, to how to invest in wines and create your own collection.
Other pips ‘n pieces
We’ve heard that the team are opening a new store in Dorking in December 2021 which we look forward to exploring. At their Chipstead establishment, there are plans to offer special tasting evenings alongside tapas boards and the venue can be hired out for private functions (the downstairs living room / tasting room area is ever so welcoming and cosy).
The Bottom Line
Wines by the glass from £7.50 (175ml)
Bottle wines from £9 (from the shop) or from £19 (from the bar)
*Please note, wines, dishes and prices are correct at time of visit and may be subject to change.
The Grape Variety
12 Chipstead Station Parade
Surrey CR5 3TE
Wednesday to Saturday
From 12pm to 10pm