From humble origins back in 2006 when 14 Winchester Walk was a mere greasy caff, the site has come a long way! Specialist beer brewers UtoBeer began by using the premises on the edge of Borough market to sell their tasty wares to the wholesale market. However, more and more wholesale customers were stopping for longer and longer to extend their sampling, such that the shop became more and more akin to a bar. Finally the Utobeer bowed to their will, and The Rake became a standalone bar selling over 130 different beers to a more than willing public :-)
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All In London Review
A Tiny - and we mean tiny - palace of specialty beers.
But… inside is where all the beer is kept, the amazing array of beer from the barrel, keg, can and bottle. The people behind Borough Market’s Utobeer, the stall that sells ales from all over the world, run the Rake and have filled it with an equally impressive selection. Belgian wheat, multiple pale ales and IPAs, light, dark, saisons and porters; there is a little something of everything here. The ramshackle interior – complete with wall resplendent with customer doodles – is secondary to what is on the taps. The Rake is all about the beer and if you’re interested in that kind of thing then you won’t mind the squeeze. If you’re not about the beer then chances are you’re in the wrong place.
Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Jun 1, 2014
Who fancies a pint of Willie's Old Groyne?
Transformed from a greasy spoon into a specialty beer pub in 2006, The Rake is established as one of London’s best for unusual ale. There are seven keg pumps and three real ales on at all times and best of all, none are permanent so as well as the 130 beers in the fridges the draught will surprise you every time. Try: Brooklyn India Pale Ale.
For when craft beers aren't crafty enough
It started with a market stall at Borough but Utobeer soon added a pub to their domination of the craft beer market in the area. That pub is The Rake, but the stall still runs every week. Great for Belgian beers with a difference.
Sep 27, 2014