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Powder Keg Diplomacy’s “vintage Victorian splendour” and deliberate styling thankfully avoid silly pastiche, but this “shining neighbourhood gem” also shows some class when it comes to drinks. In the Rifle Club Bar, you can sup heritage cobblers, punches and “creative” cocktails such as Fog City 27 (spiced pear gin, Fernet Branca, cinnamon sugar, lemon juice and pine soda) – along with a commendable range of global beers and wines. Drinkers nibble on ‘tiffin and titbits’ at the bar, while the more formal Observatory Dining Room (a handsome conservatory) offers a “seasonally evolving” menu ranging from rare Richmond venison with beetroot, carrot purée and sprout leaves to Ramsgate gurnard with roasted orange, Sharpham spelt, samphire and shimeji mushrooms, plus puds such as almond sponge with mulled apple and cardamom gel. With “fantastic staff” doing the business, this place is a true local – “no stiff collars, just warm fun”.

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

147 St John’s Hill ,London SW11 1TQ

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Great value brunch

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Sep 2014

I visited Powder Keg Diplomacy with a friend for brunch after discovering them at their stand at Cocktails in the City (a great annual event). Although it was busy and we hadn't booked, the staff were quick to get us seated and the quirky furniture and furniture gave us plenty of amusement until we had chosen our food. Table water was served in an old whisky carafe, adding to the vintage vibe, and the delicious scrambled egg for only £4 was excellent value, not to mention much tastier...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

147 St John’s Hill ,London SW11 1TQ

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Jun 2012

Editor's pick It seems everyone is jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon these days but Powder Keg Diplomacy has taken it seriously. it's a few steps from Clapham Junction station but a world away. Although the theme is Victoriana, there's a distinct whiff of Great Gatsby-esque, prohibition-defying, high-falutin' good times, tempered with a gentle, English stiff-upper lip. There are mismatched chairs, charming light fittings made out of presumably recycled gramophones, an old wrought iron conservatory providing a...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

147 St John’s Hill ,London SW11 1TQ

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Jan 2012

Definitely a place with a difference. From the vintage mini chaise longue to the hat stand complete with topper, you know you're in for something fun. The element of creativity extends in spades to the cocktails, and the beer list is an inspiration. Dessert beer? don't mind if I do. The staff buzz around with energy and enthusiasm, and the decor is warm and eclectic. I'll certainly be making a return visit.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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