Powder Keg Diplomacy information

Powder Keg Diplomacy is a colonial styled venue that pays homage to British produce and companies. Their food menu may include gypsy pheasant, Victorian game terrine and Whitstable rock oysters. On the drinks list at Powder Keg Diplomacy are craft beers, cask ales, hand-made liquors and cocktails.

Ranked #1201 of 5241 restaurants in London
"A combination of colonial Britain, Victoriana and hints of the industrial set the tone for Powder Keg Diplomacy.

A picturesque, bright conservatory area boasts Victorian finishing’s and floating gramophones which have been reclaimed and re-purposed into light fittings.

Head Chef Thomas Cooney and Restaurant Manager Katie Parfitt have scoured centuries of gastronomy knowledge, endeavouring to create a unique, wholesome and thoroughly satisfying experience for the modern, discerning
and ethically conscious customer.

The a la carte menu is available seven days a week.

The lunch and bar menu, with a lighter take on British fare featuring
homemade delights such as vegetable crisps, sausage
rolls and seasonal scotch eggs.

Breakfast is served from 10am on a Saturday and Sunday.

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16:00 - 23:00


16:00 - 23:00


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10:00 - 23:00

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By D O.

The PKD is unique! I go very often and love the vibe of the place, the decor is Victorian and the restaurant in the conservatory is so cool. The only problem is that it is way too small and they let in far too many people. I prefer to go in the week when it is quieter. The food looks good, but I have only every had Wine, the cocktails are way too spirit Based for me, but my other half loves them. A must try if you are in Clapham Junction, don't bother with Nortcote Road, go to St John's Hill, you must try The PLough (Youngs Pub), PKD, Bar 366 and Ben Canteen. A solid four stars for PKD. Kx

By Miriam C.

What a pleasant surprise! From the outside it looks like a small bar, but once you enter you realise what you can miss out on. Some of the most interesting decor i've seen, coupled with sharp, attentive staff made for a great evening with the girls. Everyone raved about the food, although the bread & oils were a little small. Can't wait to come back. What a truly exciting and lovely place!

By Ray B.

Yet another venture to St. John's hill due a a good view London review. Salad was dripping in oil and returned by me untouched but also unnoticed by waiter. Poached egg was raw and returned for replacement. Food we'll below par though venue busy with locals.

By Mark B.

As part of a dining club of eight old friends who get together to eat aout once a month - and have done for the last decade or more - we have eaten at some very nice places; I can merely observe that Powder Keg Diplomacy provided one of our best evenings out last night - just a pity we weren't quorum so four of our group missed out on the experience... I had Asparagus, Poached Egg and Poachers Cheese for starter which was delicately great; followed by a delicious creamy vegetarian hot pot; my carnivore friends focussed on the belly pork and the lamb for their mains. The feedback i had on both was superb with the lamb being rated as 'the best i have eaten' from one of our party... I think we made a poor choice of wine - a French red which perhaps may have been improved by being opened earlier - but overall we were all delighted with the food, the drinks (cocktails are fantastic) and the truly amazing service. Very highly recommended..

By Sarah B.

Finally a cool place has come to St.Johns Hill! Love the decor, it is filled with rich coppers and navy blues, brimming with sophistication! One wall has amazing animal wallpaper with small badgers sipping on pina coladas. We were greeted on arrival and shown to one of the booth areas where we perused the extensive drinks menu, we had a really tasty bottle of wine and then explored the cocktail menu. We shared one of the punches..The Chatham Artillery Punch Cherry infused Rye whiskey, gunpowder green tea, Kentish cherries and Chapel Down was to die for! Needless to say we were all a bit blurry eyed after this concoction but it left us wanting to try out the food menu. We went through to 'The Observatory' [Dining Area]..very inviting space with gramophone horns as lights in the conservatory ceiling and plants hung upside down! Food was really really tasty, I enjoyed the Duck Liver parfait with drunken cherries...very drunk cherries might I add! Then Venison for main, it melted in my mouth.. Couldn't really fit in dessert after all that but I'm sure they would have been just as delicious! Service was great, especially considering they were extremely busy! I cant recommend this place enough and have booked in for our Christmas party so I can enjoy it all over again! Well done Powder Keg..Keep up the good work!

By Laura Ann S.

Colonial Britain comes to Clapham. St John’s Hill gets a shot of Victorian kitsch from Powder Keg Diplomacy, which shows bars in the area how it’s done.

The Venue
The exterior of Powder Keg Diplomacy gives little away – you may even think, on glancing, it’s merely a pub as opposed to the Victorian England-inspired establishment hidden within. On entering, you'll find the bar area with plenty of seating, comfy sofa booths and exposed dark woodwork. The back of the building houses The Observatory – a conservatory-style dining area complete with gramophone lampshades and vines up the walls. Somehow it works, whether it’s an intimate dinner you’re after or a larger gathering instead.

The Atmosphere
The staff at Powder Keg Diplomacy are very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable – more than willing to offer opinions or suggestions on drinks and the menu. They clearly take a great deal of pride in what they do, and want to make sure you sample the best of what they have on offer. As for the clientele, it’s what you’d expect in the area – young professionals. The whole mood is very relaxed and easy.

The Food
For something light to nibble, the duck liver parfait covered in pistachio is very smooth and rich, but needs more crunch from its coating. The pan-seared scallop starter is light and beautifully seasoned, while the ham hock is rich and flaky, accompanied by homemade piccalilli with a twist - it’s a light dressing rather than a thick condiment, and comes with toasted sourdough for added texture.

When it comes to the main course, the duck is succulent, pink and tender, served with a crunchy sultana coleslaw, but could do with more of the cherry sauce to stop the dish becoming a tad dry. The ox tongue is also a good call, again tender, served with salted broccoli and a super-fluffy kale mash that sits well with the richness of the dish. There are a few capers as well, a zingy addition and a welcome flavour cutting through the meat. If all that isn’t enough, there are sides on offer too – the salted wedge crisps are good in particular, crispy on the outside, cloud-like fluffy on the inside.

Powder Keg Diplomacy offers good portion sizes – you don’t feel too full or hard done by, and of course, three courses become obligatory. Dessert is delightfully presented. The blueberry cranachan is a light, creamy, fruity Eton Mess-style concoction served in a jar with homemade shortbread for some much-needed crunch. The whiskey and choc tart has an intriguing smoky flavour and is complemented with tangy ginger ice cream. For cheese-lovers, try something local from Waterloo cheese.

The Drink
The decidedly British theme extends through to the drinks list. Specialising in cocktails, Powder Keg Diplomacy are the experts on vintage classics (around £8.50). What’s more, each option is featured on the menu with a little blurb about the origins and inspirations of the drink – making it not just a casual meal and drinks at Powder Keg Diplomacy, but a story experience. Air Mail is a triumph of rum, lemon and refreshingly dry English sparkling wine, finished off with sweet honey and gin. Recommended by the bar staff, Cape Storm is a twist on the classic Dark and Stormy, with a fruity tang and an aromatic, not-overpowering ginger kick – that’ll be from the ginger liqueur, as well as ginger beer.

There’s an extensive wine list. If white’s your drink, the Reisling-esque Chapel Down Flint from Kent is a dry delight. There are also after dinner beers, such as the Bristol Chocolate Stout.

The Last Word
You’ve got to do something pretty special to stand out in this part of town. Northcote Road, Battersea Rise and St John’s Hill all offer larger than life establishments with something to say. With its Victorian theme, excellent cocktails and delicious menu, Powder Keg Diplomacy too has something to shout about.

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