Rake | Borough, Greater London
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Excellent based on 157 ratings
Type: Bar

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


Hours: Sunday - 12 to 8pm Monday - 12 to 11pm Tuesday - 12 to 11pm Wednesday - 12 to 11pm Thursday - 12 to 11pm Friday - 12 to 11pm Saturday - 10am to 11pm

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (12) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 100+

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Beer Available At Rake (arranged by most recent)
Thornbridge Galaxia 80, Vocation Divide & Conquer 91, Fallen Angel Black Death 8, Schneider Weisse Weizen Hell 86, Tapstone Soma , Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock 99, Sambrooks Lavender Hill 45, Tap East / Bad Co Bourbon Aged Brown 50, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace 97, Stone & Wood Pacific Ale 77, Celt Experience Celt La Téne 73, Carlow O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale 61, Brass Castle Cliffhanger 58, London Skyline , London Newgate Oatmeal Stout , London Upright , London Beer Street 68, Squawk Porter (4.2%) , Oakham Pint Please , De Molen X & X
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157 reviews for Rake
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  79%
 Selection  80%
 Food  41%
 Value  68%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (517) Croydon, England | March 18, 2011| Updated June 22, 2015
One of my favourite bars in London. You primarily head hear for the awesome selection. The cask and keg offerings are ever changing and mostly cover UK craft ales with some American, German and Belgian options. I have to admit since Tom left I have found the conditioning to be a bit inconsistent. The bottle selection however never disappoints and contains a great wide-ranging selection of craft beers, including some pretty rare stuff. Inside the bar is quite small, but it has a decent patio area to make up for it. A perfect place to escape the carnage of Borough market.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ndon  (48) London, England | February 26, 2011
Tiny place, but incredible selection of beers, both tap and in the fridge. Staff that know their stuff, fairly clean, bit pricey but cant complain.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Odland  (34) , Norway | February 9, 2011
I was growing really tired of English pubs when I stumbled upon this one. No crap on tap, loads of awesome micro brews. Had a Stone Pale Ale on tap and a nice Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head. I _WILL_ be back!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ILikeOl  (121) , Norway | January 24, 2011| Updated March 17, 2011
The sticker above the bar sums it up; No crap on tap.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton  (184) London, England | January 17, 2011
Visited on Saturday 15th January 2011 during crawl with two friends around London Bridge/Borough. Small, pub offering mainly standing space within, and seating outside in a covered garden. Friendly knowledgeable staff and an exceptional beer range. Beers very well-kept, and include US and European varieties on tap alongside traditional real ales. The refridgerated range is impressive. Can get crowded, and the garden can get draughty but these are minor grumbles. Go, you’ll enjoy it. Beware, not cheap!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
belo80  (11) Mortara, Italy | December 10, 2010
I found this place on several guides that reviewed it back as a "pub" but I think has nothing of the pub apart from the beers. It ’s just a place where they sell beer. A pub has a "soul", has a service, has music and a host of amenities that allow customers to enjoy beer in a state of relaxation. The Rake has nothing of this, is "hot" like a dentist’s waiting room. Speaking of beer The Rake is at the top as a supply and variety. If there is a beer you find it there. If you go looking for quality beer in is one of the most ever supplied with unavailable Real Ales. Ho trovato questo posto su diverse guide che lo riportavano nella categoria “pub” ma a mio avviso The Rake a parte la birra non ha nulla del pub. E’ un posto dove si vende la birra. Un pub ha “un’anima”, ha un servizio, ha la musica e una serie di comfort che permettono alla clientela di apprezzare la birra in una situazione di relax. The Rake non ha nulla di questo, è “caldo” come la sala d’aspetto di un dentista. Parlando di birre è un locale al top come fornitura e varietà. Se esiste una birra lì la trovi. Se cerchi la qualità della birra vai in uno dei posti tra i più forniti in assoluto con Real Ales introvabili.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca  (35) Lovere, Italy | October 28, 2010
A nice joint, with some very good and rare beers along with some crap stuff such as Timmermans on tap.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking  (92) Brentford, England | September 9, 2010
This is pretty much the only place I even would consider paying six quid (or more) a pint for draught beer - and here I will even do it willingly! As well as several (usually British) cask ales on hand-pump, there are kegged US and other rare-in-London microbrews on tap, plus a good selection of bottles. Service is friendly but can be a bit slow.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (793) 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.
Beershine  (850) 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.

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