Taps: 10 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
My wife and I stopped in at the Rake for a few beers while on a recent trip to London. It is located conveniently close to Borough Market and several other wonderful pubs.
First off, this place doesn't have a "traditional" English pub look/feel. It is bright, painted mostly white (albeit with graffiti'd walls) and it is quite small. However, it has an absolutely huge bottled beer selection, supplemented by 8-10 cask ales. What makes the Rake pretty cool is that they don't attempt to be overly traditional in their beer selections, so they offer a lot of beers that are being brewed by British breweries that push the envelope of ingredients and style guidelines. In other words, you can get very brightly hoppy beers, beers with American hops, and beers that use unique ingredients not normally found in traditional English cask ales. Fun, fun, fun!
Prices were fair. The bartender was extremely knowledgeable about all things craft beer, and held his own in our conversation about brewing and American craft beer.
This is a great little place where you can find some very interesting beers. Highly recommended!
11-15-2013 20:15:56 | More by spointon
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Visited a number of times on a 10 day trip to London as it was near my friends house.
The Rake is a very tiny bar with a nice sized patio and space to drink in the adjacent car port. The bar itself is extremely small but there is enough room on the patio to give you a nice sense of space. Located just outside of Borough Market there is a nice view of the Shard and Southwark Cathedral. On a nice warm summer day it is a pretty pleasurable place to have a beer. In the winter it appears they have heatlamps and a jumbrella to keep things warm and dry.
Beerwise I consistently found good things to drink. Three cask offerings available each day including some Oakham and Darkstar beers. There are also 4 draught beers which are also well chosen from around the UK and some interesting imports. Since I was visting I stuck with ones I could not get at home but if I lived here I would appreciate the choice. Some of the rarer beers get a little pricey but they are just that, rare. Very well maintened lines and excellent selection. Also being associated with a top notch bottle shop, the coolers are well stocked with a well curated selection.
I think they only sell crisps but the Borough Market is right there so there are a lot of choices.
Definitely recommended for locals and tourists alike.
08-23-2013 13:03:04 | More by sleazo
4.61/5 rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A small, but fun, nice outdoor patio, inside is very small, but very English. Tis place is super super fun to be at.
Q awesome, the beer is very fresh, have a small bottle selection but its all good stuff.
S the service is awesome, two bar tenders, that really know their shit. Able to recommend good stuff and they know all about what they have.
S two six foot coolers filled, not a huge selection but what they have is very good. 7 taps and two or three casks with local stuff while I was there. But a lot of it is amazing one offs.
V not expensive for London but may shock people form the us with the exchange rate right now.
05-17-2013 17:03:50 | More by Lare453
1.95/5 rDev -50.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Not really a big bottle selection, less than what I have at home, in total seem to be just two small refrigerators. On the other hand, Utobeer, the beer stall from the same owners in the Borough market nearby has one of the best selections in London.
I found this pub too crowded, too small and expensive compared to other top notch craft beer places such as The Cask, Craft Beer Co, and Brewdog. Here I got the worst service in the UK, the young lady was really rude and not knowledgeable (not the case for Utobeer). The fork I got was so dirty I could even taste food on it if I wanted. By the way just snacks and 1 or 2 selections of cold food is available here. One of the bottles I was willing to buy was expired already.
No beer menu is available as we see now elsewhere. Craft beer scene in London has evolved and they stayed behind, in prices, service, quality, etc...
12-06-2012 18:21:45 | More by FLima
4.11/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited this place during a four month stay in London. The selection was pleasantly broad, and included many American Beers that proved hard to find in the UK otherwise (i.e. a few by Sierra Nevada, Green Flash, Goose Island, Anchor Brewing, Bear Republic, et. al.
There were only a handful of brews (most of them from the U.K.) on tap, but again, the bottle selection was impressive. Even on a Tuesday in the fall seating was limited, both inside the tap-room and outside.
The redeeming qualities of this pub are the helpfulness and hospitality of the staff, and the amusing scribblings of the many brewmasters who have visited and endorsed this "hole-in-the-wall".
09-19-2012 00:07:00 | More by Zive
United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.9/5 rDev -26.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Very expensive pub and not one I'd go to again unless I was sure it was empty. It was basically a cupboard with a bar in it and a beer garden attached but you couldn't even find a place to stand never mind sit. Unimpressed despite the huge bottle selection, but to be honest just head to some other craft beer pubs instead. There was a market area that the pub had took over as well but that's basically just standing with a carryout in the street, not a pub. Nice selection but just too crowded and expensive, even by London standards.
08-04-2012 16:29:46 | More by flyingpig
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ok, so beer geeks told me to hit The Rake while in town. While i am glad I did, it felt more like an American beer bar vs. being in London. In fact, locally their claim to fame is all the American Craft they have. On the wall all of hte American brewers sign their names. (Garret Oliver, Sam C., etc)
I suppose for Brits this is cool as the American craft scene explodes. For me, I wanted to London experience. Please dont take these as negative comments! The service was excellent and friendly. They did have seval things on cask that were wonderful and there was a little urban beer porch/garden.
My advice is to stop here for a quick one and then head around the corner to The Market Porter for the real London experience. Also, this this neighborhood on a thurs-Sat and hit the Borough Market. Its totally awesome. Outside market with all sorts of street food
04-19-2012 09:22:05 | More by Reagan1984
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The Rake is ... well the Rake !
It's not big, it's not the place to go for a cosy sit down and relaxing evening, you simply hit it running, put a couple of quality beers down you in 45 minutes and move on
Good selection and a bit pricey in places, but there's always something to hold my interest on tap or in the fridge
It's in a trendy are of London, so no point coming here and harping on about your local beer prices - get over it!
On my last visit, in the spring, I had Schlenkerla Rauch on keg at around £1 cheaper than you could pay for it in a bottle in other London pubs!
10-22-2011 20:02:15 | More by Ruds
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After wending our way through the Borough Market in Southwark, ImperialStoat and I infested the Rake.
It's a small pub. Only eight or so beers available on draft and cask, but all well-selected. They even had Arrogant Bastard on-tap during our visit. Sitting indoors was an impossibility so we scavenged seats in the large patio instead. Its proximity to the Borough Market is a double-edged sword. It was easy enough for us to stumble in, but everyone else seemed to have had the same idea.
Being sick and dehydrated, I ordered a glass of water with each pint of beer. The second had lipstick on it. Evidently I had an admirer.
07-12-2011 08:08:49 | More by alfrantzell
United Kingdom (England)
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Been to the Rake Many times but for whatever reason never reviewed it. Very small bar with a nice little beer garden and then pleanty of room just outside by Borough Market. Inside can get quite crowded adn stuffy so I usually go outside to mingle. the bar itself is nice. 3 casks (plus the occational extra downstairs) and 4 or 5 taps all always have quality beers on and sometimes exceptional beers on offer. Service is good, the bartenders all seem to know what they are talking about and will offer help or a sample if asked. The bottle selection is mostly Belgian and American, with some British and German to round it out. Not sure about the food, I once had some stew there but not sure if it was on offer or just a friendly gesture from the bartender. . .it was OK. They have crisps and nuts behind the bar though if you are hungry. It is one of the more expensive pubs in London, But I have neve rleft disappointed and always feel as though I got what I paid for. A must go for any Craft Beer lover in London.
08-18-2010 21:11:09 | More by thepeter
The Rake in London, United Kingdom (England)
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.