It was a sunny day in London as they all are. It rarely rains, there is never any mist or fog. In general this city has a Mediterranean climate. After a few beers in The Rake, near the Borough Market, it is highly likely that I really would say all that!
On a relatively quiet street, not far from Borough Market (less than a 3 minute walk), in London, on the South bank of the Thames you will find The Rake pub.
Well known since 2006, when it first offered beer, the Rake holds some interesting facts. One of which is the long waiting line that formed outside its doors on opening day. According to hearsay the queue went around the block. The Rake will not win any awards for decoration. It is just a simple small room that is barely able to accommodate 30-40 people. There is no kitchen, it doesn’t serve food, only beer snacks. What it does have are refrigerators. Enough refrigerators to hold more than 200 labels of beer from around the world! Its draft beers are not always the same. It changes for the sake of variety and as part of its philosophy.
When entering the pub we see the small bar in front of us. On our right, there is a wall covered with signatures of people who visited and loved the pub. Among them you will find the signatures of well-known brewers such as Brewdog. On the left there is a door that leads to the quaint little courtyard with benches and small tables, covered by umbrellas, for those who want to enjoy their beer with a cigarette.
As mentioned above, the Rake has no kitchen. But that isn’t a problem since it is located a few minutes from Borough Market where, from morning till early evening, one can have everything from German hot dogs to Spanish pork or British pies and pastries.
The Rake is not a typical British pub. But it is a place where hundreds of visitors of the English capital will flock to drink at least one pint of Ale. It is certainly the hangout of many workers from the surrounding offices. The pub is the first that specialized in and focused on draft beers, (cask beers) and real Ales, therefore its place on the list of best pubs in Britain, issued by CAMRA, is well deserved.
Ultimately, I enjoyed my visit to The Rake. The hospitality and sociability of the people. Obviously we discussed about beers and Greece, making me feel as if I have been going to the Rake for years.
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