Maybe not the most exciting place to look at from the outside, but it was a great surprise to find this in the vast shopping zoo it is attached to. Not overy freindly staff the day I was in, but we managed to sample a few good choices. If you have to go to the mall, it is a must stop
Very nice place with a decent tap and good bottle selection, Unfortunately they only had 3 of there own beers on tap when I visited in December. Looking forward to visiting again next time im in Stratford.
Just realised I beer rated this place although I visited several times now. The place is clean, new, cool looking with a nice layout and a good vibe. Some sofas make for a relaxing stay and choice on tap is wide in styles and breweries. They have c. 6 casks and 8 kegs mostly focused on UK micro. They usually have 4-5 of their casks on which are always fresh and spot on. Nice selection of kernel, partizan and cantillon in bottles, among others. Breweries on tap range from UK to US to Belgium, with the likes of Waen, Caveman, Siren, Harbour, de la Senne, Freogeist, Brooklin, Victory. They also a give a very cool anniversary party with loads of casks and one off collabs. All in all a very cool place to spend an evening.
Very cool place. Cool beer tap plates all over the wall and bar area. Great bottle selection and a good selection on tap including 3 of their own cask ales. Service is friendly and efficient. Can also recommend which I always like. Solid value. Really good place and will be back for sure
I love the rake and utobeer as a company. So when I heard they had opened a brewpub I had to visit. What I wasn’t convinced about though was that it was in a shopping mall. To get here I had to go through the mall which was quite annoying,but when I got there the atmosphere was very relaxed, friendly and pleasant. Service was great with friendly smiling bar man. And the ambience wasn’t bad at all considering it’s in a mall. Very very neat clean and tidy place which made a nice changed to stuffy old London pubs. Well worth the visit! Oh and their own beers are quite good and very very reasonably priced!
A very nice place and a very laid back atmosphere, at least on a Wednesday afternoon. Maybe the shopping mall location isn’t the nicest, but at least the Great Eastern Market seems fairly nice for a mall thing. Unfortunately the selection wasn’t too good when I visited. Only two of their own on tap, and five or six others. Not sure why so many taps were empty. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking.
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 29, 2013
We visited here on Friday 17th May 2013, it was relatively close to London City Airport where we we heading. It was very easy to find, we sort of stumbled across it when exiting the station. My first impression was that it was much smaller than I expected, but it was well laid out with a nice selection of stools, high tables and comfy sofas. The beer choice was as one might expect very good witha Japanese Imperial IPA and a couple of good beers from Oakham on when we arrived and service also decent. Despite all of the positives I didn’t like it as much as I expected I would. The large screen TV which no one watched but everyone had to endure was a bit of an annoyance but other than that I am not really sure quite what it was that didn’t quite appeal to me, maybe the location, but on reflection having a bar selling great beer somewhere like this can only be a positive, maybe I should just give it another go perhaps?
The setting, on the edge of a shopping mall makes a pleasant change from all the olde worlde pubs! A modern brew pub whose beers can be very good, it also has many guest beers, domestic/foreign, cask/keg and many bottles too. A sister pub of the famous Rake pub in Borough Market. Also sells foreign beer by the third, half and pint. As on the edge of the shopping mall there is space for overspill outside on a concrete "no mans land" where they have put a few tables and benches. A welcome addition with variation to London’s beer scene.If you get the Docklands light railway to Stratford International it is that side of the shopping mall so saves a stressful walk through the shopping area!