Forza Wine National Theatre


SquareMeal Review of Forza Wine National Theatre

The new opening at the National Theatre comes with a lot of expectations behind it, following in the footsteps of its first site in Peckham which has become a favourite for foodies and wine lovers alike. On arrival, it’s clear to see that the location trumps its South London counterpart, with cracking views of the river available from Forza's nest in the roof of the iconic brutalist landmark.

The food here is paired back to create simple plates that allow individual flavours to shine, a concept we found worked for some of the dishes. The meal kicked off on an impressive note with cauliflower fritti served alongside a healthy dollop of aioli, which hit the mark on both flavour and texture. Another well executed dish came in the form of green beans with tarragon, served on a bed of hazelnuts, which packed a punch with every mouthful. We appreciate a rustic dish as much as the next, but there were occasions where mediocre dishes were left with nowhere to hide, especially given the price point. We expected more from some dishes, such as the no-frills mozzarella with fig and olive oil, and the bread and butter, which arrived as an uninspiring portion of toast topped with a butter that didn’t quite work flavourwise.

Of course, Forza Wine is just as much about the wine as it is the food, and it has a carefully curated list with some well and lesser known bottles on the menu. We opt for the Gavi following some suggestions from our knowledgeable waiter, and it works well to cut through each dish.

Forza Wine has certainly nailed the buzzing atmosphere, and an even better view, but could benefit from a few tweaks in its next few opening months to nail the balance between effortless chic and mundane.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Originally based in Peckham, Forza Wine describes itself as the 'younger taller and better looking sibling' of Camberwell's Forza Win, which has soared to new heights since launching as an Italian-inspired supper club back in 2012. Forza Wine has made the leap from one iconic rooftop to another offering front row seats to river views at The National Theatre on the South Bank. The intimate northwest terrace location at the famed brutalist building is Forza’s third site and has both indoor and outdoor seating, making it a safe bet for whatever the unpredictable British weather may bring.  

The venue boasts 160 covers, keeping its doors open from midday to midnight all year round, so whether it be an afternoon viewing or a late-night soiree the new Forza Wine is ready with a variety of natural wines, seasonal house cocktails and a selection of mocktail alternatives. You have the choice of banquette seating too, easing you into a relaxing night or high-top tables, providing the bar stool for a quick stop. 

If you find yourself feeling peckish Forza’s so called ‘sort of Italian’ menu offers a range of mostly organic small plates that can be enjoyed as a light bite or built up to create a substantial meal. The South Bank menu is relatively consistent with what Peckham has to offer, featuring recognisable dishes like cauliflower fritti and aioli, and butter beans with salsa verde. The renowned soft serve remains a staple at the new location and is available as a solo dish or as part of the ‘whole menu’ option, giving you and three others a taste of everything.

South Bank’s Forza Wine also caters for more private dining experiences, a secret terrace encompassed by greenery can seat up to 24 people on a long table, creating the ideal location for a secluded pre- or post-theatre dinner with family or friends.  


Can I book online?

Yes, you can book a table for up to 6 people on the website, for larger groups you can email or call using the contact information provided.

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How many people does the 'whole menu' option serve

It feeds four people with each person getting there own portion of soft serve.

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National Theatre Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

020 7732 7500 020 7732 7500


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-00:00
Tue 12:00-00:00
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-00:00


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