Gunpowder Tower Bridge

Bronze Award
London, SE1 2SD ·Website ·Call020 3598 7946

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Bronze Award

Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Harneet and Devina Baweja opened cult restaurant Gunpowder in 2015 to long queues and heaps of critical praise. Now, three years later, the couple have opened the Indian small plate joint’s first sequel.

Transported from scruffy Spitalfields to the gleaming One Tower Bridge development, it’s fair to say that Gunpowder’s newer space has lost some of its rough-and-ready charm. The thrown-together feel of the tiny original has been swapped for a much slicker vibe, combining leather banquettes, plaster-washed walls and 70s-style tiling. It’s also much larger and split over two floors, although a fantastic team of well-drilled staff manage to keep the atmosphere friendly.

Signature Gunpowder dishes have been joined by some excellent new additions. Don’t miss the moreish Madras-style chicken lollipops – essentially a moderately spicy chicken winglet, in which the bone acts as a makeshift lollipop stick (no fussing around with knives and forks here, thank you very much).

Fans of the original restaurant will be relieved to know that the classic dishes still pack a mighty punch. Gunpowder’s take on a toastie oozes with cheese, chutney and tongue-tingling spices, while the melt-in-the-mouth kashmiri lamb chops will have you licking the bones clean like a ravenous caveman. For dessert, try the Indian take on bread and butter pudding, pepped up with a shot of rum. You’ll also find booze elsewhere in the form of spice-laden cocktails, but there’s masala coke for the non-drinkers.

Affordable, fun and delicious, we think that this second Gunpowder is just as tasty as the first, and the larger space means bookings are accepted. No more waiting outside in the cold then.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch
Dates, Special occasions

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4 Duchess Walk, London, SE1 2SD

020 3598 7946


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10pm


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2 Reviews 


31 August 2021  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 2.5
Inedible food and the worst customer service!

We came to Gunpowder after purchasing the cookbook and feeling really excited to experience it. The broccoli and chicken dishes were really nice but everything else was a let down. The fish of the day was completely inedible - every single mouthful was bones and this was the most expensive dish we ordered. When trying to discuss this with them they just said "that's how it's supposed to be" - which is complete rubbish as no one is expected to just eat bones. The service was so slow and it was like we were forgotten for most of the night. When the bill came, we wanted a moment just to look over it and the waitress was incredibly rude and walked off in a huff. I think the staff let this place down massively. We paid the bill and I then contacted the restaurant afterwards to get a refund for the fish we couldn't eat and the restaurant refused to do this - it went on for over a week. I then asked for my service charge back and they didn't even give that back to me and completely ignored my correspondence after a while. I think the restaurant manager should find another job because he has absolutely no commitment to making sure his customers are satisfied and just didn't seem to care about my concerns. I've experienced a lot of frustration with this place and will never return again.

Emma S

29 March 2019  
Authentic, certainly fit for foodies with unusual dishes, second to none service with a nice atmosphere.
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