In certain respects, PKD comes within a hair’s breadth of looking like a theme bar. It describes itself as a combination of ‘colonial Britain, Victoriana and hints of the industrial’, and the description is apt.
What pulls it back is the evident conviction behind everything they do. It shows in the collection of delightfully mismatched antique cocktail glasses, in the care with which the drinks are chosen, and in the skill with which cocktails are made. A martini using London’s own Portobello gin was studiously but not excessively stirred, and served in one of those antique glasses, with the remainder drained into a tiny jug kept on ice for a well-chilled top-up.
Check out the changing line-up of guest cask beers and the large selection of bottled brews. Food is served in the rear conservatory. No bookings are taken in the bar, which is busiest later in the evening. For a cocktail before dinner, you can’t to better in Battersea.