Rake (Free) | Borough, Greater London
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Rake (Free)
Excellent based on 144 ratings
Type: Bar

14 Winchester Walk, Southwark
Borough, Greater London England SE1 9AG [ print map ]
0207 407 0557

utobeer.co.uk/aboutus_rake.html

Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-12pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 12am-10.30pm


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (18) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 100+


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Beer Available At Rake (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Clarence & Fredericks Oud Bruin , Roosters Wild Mule 77, Brains Craft Brewery Gin Lane , North Coast PranQster Belgian 91, New Holland Dragonís Milk 99, Victory Wild Devil Ale 96, Oskar Blues GíKnight Imperial Red 99, Victory Summer Love 90, Thornbridge AM:PM 52, WharfeBank Red Ryesing , Anchor IPA 92, Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout 99, Fourpure Wai-Iti Saison , Fourpure Belgian Wheat , Adnams / Camden South Town 82, Wild Beer Sourdough 84, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Orchard Ale 62, Beavertown Applelation 87, Ilkley Joshua Jane 56, Burning Sky Saison ŗ la Provision 92
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144 reviews for Rake (Free)
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  79%
 Selection  80%
 Food  41%
 Value  69%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  90%
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90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1564) Washington, Washington DC | August 5, 2011
Smallish place with a nice patio. Donít miss the cask ales on gravity outside!! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Gat beer selection. Donít miss this one.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 29, 2010
Small, very cool beer-centric bar. Nothing bad to say about the place--great selection, knowledgeable staff, casual.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes  (668) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 29, 2010
Modern beer joint in near the Borough Market in Southwark. Has a good mix of foreign brews, interesting specials and some special English beer as well. Small place, but friendly vibe and I think the beer selection exceeded my expectations - it wasnít just the usual Americans and Belgians, but a really fun list that could bring out repeated visits.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 3, 2007
I guess the beer range is similar to Utobeer, but you will want to drop by this place if in Southwark, would it only be for its convenient location. it really is a rather cozy place as well which feels good to be in. The cask selection also seems to be better than the pubs close-by, so really, unless youíre really limited on time, thereís no reason not to visit this place.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 14, 2010
A fun place to hang out and enjoy quality beers. I visited mid week over a few days so it wasnít crazily busy and congested which I preferred. Enjoyed meeting up with a few of the local crew, and had some very nice beers courtesy of Tom. I could see myself spending a lot of time here. Beer haven in London.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (633) The íSham, England | December 22, 2012
The Rake is ... well the Rake ! Itís not big, itís 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. Always a bustling busy atmosphere of an evening - I like ! Good selection and a bit pricey in places, but thereís always something to hold my interest on tap or in the fridge. Itís in a bustling some may say ítrendyí area of London, so no point coming here and harping on about your local beer prices - get over it! Service has always been decent when Iíve visited, despite the cramped bar area. Can be combined with Brew Wharf and the Market Porter as a mini crawl, all 3 minutes apart.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (624) London, England | September 9, 2010| Updated June 17, 2012
One of the original craft beer bars of London. Although, in the last two years The Rake has been surpassed by no less than five other bars, in my opinion, in terms of beer variety, beer quality and certainly atmosphere.The bar itself is modest and quite small, with a slightly larger patio adjacent. Most of the people, however, stand around in a nearby parking lot drinking their beers. The tap selection was decent on my first visit, with several British bitters, American brewer Stone, and some other oddities. There seemed to be an extensive bottle selection in the fridges behind the bar but I stuck to the draught stuff. The main reason I went to the bar was for a BrewDog tasting with brewer James Watt, which was superb. We tried three rare beers, including the AB:03, the Devine Rebel Mortlach Reserve 2008, and the End of History. The tap line-up seems to change quickly - I saw two changes just while I was there on a Tuesday evening - so I look forward to returning to try new beers. Great place.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (572) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 21, 2012
Iíve been here on a number of occasions but to be fair since the likes of Cask & Kitchen, Craft, Brewdog, Euston Tap and others opened Iíve been a less frequent visitor, London has just become a lot, lot better in the past 3-4 years and when this place opened it was a leader now it is part of the chasing pack. However I have to say I really enjoyed the visit yesterday (Saturday October 20th 2012 on the Thames Tipple) the cask and keg selection are limited because this is such a small place but Oakham Scarlet Macaw is a cracking beer so we were happy. I followed this up with a bottle of Bethnal Pale, pretty good I must say. The place on an early Saturday was very busy, however they managed to shoehorn three staff behind the bar so no one was waiting for too long. Ok so Craft and others lead the way but if you are in Borough The Rake is still punching above itís weight and offering a great beery experience and long may it continue.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee  (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 21, 2008
Small square whitewashed room that looks completely unlike any other pub Iíve been to. Itís sort of like a college games room with little of interest architecturally. The proprietors are very friendly though and were quite willing to chat amiably with a semi-intoxicated Canadian on a recent visit. Only four or five casks/taps but the largest selection of bottles Iíve seen in London. The outdoor patio is very nice though... sort of a dark wooden semi-enclosed structure that wouldnít be out of place on a Cuban beach. Like I said... itís strange, but itís worth dropping in on a Southwark pub crawl.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb  (485) Woodland, California | May 20, 2011
Place is something of a hoot. The Borough Market loo behind the pub interior is larger than the pub interior. There are 3 beer engines, and all the beers were rare and good. Large bottle selection. Cramped interior is augmented by a beer garden with a monster umbrella seemingly capable of turning the garden into an interior space. Tho I donít know if anyone lives nearby, it had the atmosphere of a local invaded by tourists.

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