Faux Victorian vibe with a subversive edge has the makings in my mind of an epic pub failure. I am not generally one for themes or gimmicks, as I find they often fall short of their intention or have limited shelf life. Looking at the website for Powderkeg Diplomacy in Battersea I was already half way to a judgement but my interest had been grabbed by their beer list and positively beer soaked Tweeting.
The all important first impression is being greeted by a barman in a top hat, the furry fella below and his mate, a boozy Racoon. I don’t think there’s many places that can top that?
The beer selection which originally hooked me in doesn’t disappoint with Bristol Beer Factory and Rooster on the bar and a great bottled selection.
Our first visit is fleeting, with reservations at Bens Canteen across the road but I’m sold in this short 15 minutes. We head back after lunch to a busier Sunday afternoon crowd. We are seated by a waitress and given the beer list. It’s well stocked and thoughtfully divided, the Trade Winds selection including Mountain Goat and Bear Republic being my tip.
Anywhere that I can get a fix of Bear Republic and boozy Racoons is OK in my book and proves that I should abandon my preconceptions when the beer is calling.
Powder Keg Diplomacy, 147 St Johns Hill, Battersea, SW11 1TQ