About The Rake
In 2006 a greasy spoon called the Jubilee Café on the edge of Borough Market was replaced with a speciality beer bar, The Rake, by Richard Dinwoodie and Mike Hill the two owners of Utobeer. Essentially it started off as a shop window for their Utobeer wholesale business but the bar quickly became a stand-alone business, winning several awards within a couple of years of opening.
Typically the fridges behind the bar have 130 beers in them at any one time, as well as ciders, wines and soft drinks and there’s more beer downstairs.
Our draught beer range is in a constant state of change too with 7 keg pumps and 3 cask ale handpulls. Because of this we do not have a single permanent product on the bar as we love to keep things interesting!
If you’re not sure what you want to try, just ask our friendly, knowledgeable staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Our aim is to only stock beers that are brewed in their country of origin and never have anything that is brewed under license. This includes beers from as far away as James Boags from Tasmania, to as close as The Kernel Brewery in Bermondsey.
Our food offer is simple as there’s no room for a kitchen, we have bar snacks such as Pork Pies, Crisps and Olives.
Urban myths about The Rake are as follows:
-We claim to be the smallest pub in London, actually we’ve never claimed to be either the smallest pub or indeed a pub at all!
-Mylene Klass once of Hearsay fame, is a regular. She’s only been in once for a photo shoot. You may see beer writers Such as Pete Brown or Melissa Cole if you’re really lucky though!
-Anyone can sign the wall – Oh no, only brewers thanks, they’re our heroes.
We hold festivals every few months to help shout about everything that is great about craft beer, so keep an eye on our events page. Annual events will include in the first week of March our now well established Welsh Beer Festival and in May a London Beer Festival. 2011 sees The Rake’s 5th birthday and we’ll be getting lots of one-off beers especially for that! We also do tutored beer tastings and meet the brewer events through the LoveBeer arm of the Utobeer business.