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The Rake, Borough Market, SE1

14 Winchester Walk
SE1
SE1 9AG
Phone: 02074070557
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Tris C left this review about The Rake

Dating from at least 1822, though possibly rebuilt later in the 19th century, this was amazingly, once a real pub called the King’s Head, which ceased trading around 1938, only to reopen as a pub – I use the term very loosely – in 2006; that’s quite some history in the Rake’s progress.
After experiencing an absolutely packed Market Porter two nights ago, where bar access was nigh-on impossible, I left in search of further sustenance, only to stumble upon this place to the rear of Borough Market. The interior is absolutely tiny; I don’t think I’ve ever drunk in such a small venue, other than in an aeroplane. The interior is very industrial, with a rough floor, petite rear bar with industrial plank and metal pole shelving, with bright modern sconces to white walls, which have been ‘autographed’ by visiting micro brewers. Furniture comprises just three, tall four-seater scaffold and plank tables, with uncomfortable pressed metal stools, apparently known as the Paris Metal Retro High Bar Stool and so close together that drinkers at the table to my right kept knocking mine whenever they leant back; several times I feared my pint would topple. Actually, they’d have done me a favour as it wasn’t very nice. Customers to the right were a highly objectionable group of young multinational drinkers, swearing their heads off and behaving in a boorish manner, so much so that the two barmaids were somewhat putout, judging by the looks of concern on their kindly faces.
There was a TV info screen advertising 14 keg beers and just one real ale (the Market Porter had on five), flanked by three unused pumps, dispensing Bradfield’s Farmer’s Best at £4.60 a pint, which tasted of burnt leaves.
With the rowdy customers, industrial appearance and just the one rather unpleasant real ale, I really didn’t take to this place one bit, wishing I’d stayed over the road. A wider choice of ale and narrower choice of customer would get the mark up; nice lavs though…

On 2nd April 2022 - rating: 4
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Rake

Looks like a traditional pub from the outside but very much a micro feel inside. Three rows of bench seating, a TV Screen. A much bigger patio area out the front.

Cask wise a bit limited - normally four on - but one was off, one was a Rhubarb Red and one a mild. I failed to notice the 4th.

Keg is where it's at - 16 lines on. Marble Beer Lagonda Pale in great condition.

GBG 2021. Fighting against a lot of competition in the area.

On 8th November 2021 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Rake

ORIGINAL REVIEW March 2013
A conversion from a small shop unit,this could well be described these days as a "micro pub".The modest square room has four circular high tables and stools arranged alongside the plate glass window side and there is a small shelf to rest a pint but little else in the way of furniture.Unless you are very lucky ,vertical drinking is the order of the day unless you go outside to the covered courtyard with patio heaters.The internal walls have scrawled messages from drinkers about their favourite tipple sampled here and together with a collection of pump clip shows that some award winning brewers output may be encountered here.
The three handpumps were drawing Oakham JHB & Jester's Ferret and Highland Dark Munro MILD ,all three were in top condition but given all three were below 4% and £3.60 the team were disappointed there wasn't a stronger option.The five keg taps below a sign "No Crap on Tap" had an eclectic selection of Continental beers but a 7.4% Belgian offering was an eyewatering £4.70 a half !!! There is also a decent selection of bottled beers but the wallet bashing was taking it's toll and we departed for pastures new.Very limited selection of bar nibbles,but lack of space means this will always be a wet led pub.The service is swift and knowledgeable ,so no long wait to be served.
It's easy to do a walk past to see what ale is on ,and I would certainly pop in if I spied an outstanding pint,which must always be a possibility.The ale quality here is higher than anywhere else around Borough Market,which warrants a visit to this GBG regular if you are in the area,despite the high prices.

MARCH 2015
Another very good visit and the ale selection and quality was top notch.There is such a volume of sales that there is a constant change of barrels and the Oakham Citra lasted less than two hours.You are likely to find output from some of the new London area micros and the Big Smoke and Canopy beers on during my trip were excellent.There is now a short menu of bar snacks and nibbles all under £5 and I discovered that only brewers are allowed to write on the walls,so the scrawlings make interesting reading and shows what a real ale institution this pub is.Now the best place in Borough Market IMHO and rating increased.

UPDATE
The eye has been taken off the real ale ball here.Two recent visits resulted in poor brews from avarage brewers,there seems no longer a persuit of excellence.Even the keg range is much more conservative and lacked interest.They may well showcase up and coming brewers,but some of the brewers leaving messages on the walls would not inspire you to go out of your way to visit here.Shame as I used to enjoy my visits to The Rake.Downgrade.

On 16th March 2020 - rating: 6
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London Bridge, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Cannon Street, 0.57 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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2nd Apr 2022, 19:21
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
2nd Apr 2022, 19:00
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Decked patio - last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 17 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 February 2017 by ROB Camra
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