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Happy fourth birthday Rake

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Is this London's best beer bar?

No one would walk into a restaurant and ask for a plate of food.  So don’t walk into the Rake and just ask for a beer – better to ask what is new or different or ask for a style that suits the moment. If you want a bland international lager purporting to be a pilsner don’t drink at the Rake.

When it comes to pubs, the Rake in Brought Market, by London Bridge, was once the new brash kid on the block, but it has just celebrated its fourth birthday and now should be must a must visit destination for anyone who wants to enjoy beer culture. It opened in 2006 on the former site of a nineteenth century public house, making it the first bar in the bounds of the Borough Market for one hundred years.

The Rake’s beer menu is extensive, varied and constantly changing. It always includes two draught beers.  But think of a beer style – Lambic, American IPA, true pilsners or whatever then the Rake probably has it. In its first week of opening one of the highlights was Thomas Hardy Ale on cask. How good to see it back on the bar four years later, though it is a different vintage.  People who think beer is a swift swallow shouldn’t drink Thomas Hardy’s Ale. It is to be sipped and savoured and treated as one would a rare whisky. This incarnation was young, brash and like a wilful two year old having a tantrum, challenging to my senses.  Some say the beer should only be drunk when 10 years old when it acquires a palate of complex elegance – for that I might have to wait.

The Rake might be small but its heart and soul are big. Its ever-changing and evolving beer repertoire, chosen from some of the world’s most creative brewers puts it on a world stage. For people who want to talk beer then the Rake is a must visit.

The Rake

14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG

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August 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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