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The Rake

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The RakeThe Rake
BA SCORE
89
very good

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 15.37%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14A Winchester Walk
London, SE1 9AG
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7407 0557

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rakebar

Notes:
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(Place added by: wl0307 on 09-23-2006)
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Reviews by FLima:
Photo of FLima
1.95/5  rDev -50.9%

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...

FLima, Dec 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RedDieselBrewing
5/5  rDev +25.9%

RedDieselBrewing, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jonb5
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jonb5, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of spointon
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

spointon, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

tbeckett, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

sleazo, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Lare453, May 17, 2013
Photo of Zive
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%

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".

Zive, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
2.9/5  rDev -27%

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.

flyingpig, Aug 04, 2012
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The Rake in London, United Kingdom (England)
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.