Hg2 : The Hedonist

The Rake

You wouldn’t want to swing a cat inside this Borough Market institution, one of the top pubs in London. For a start, you couldn’t – it’s so small, holding just 40 folk at 13ft by 7ft, that there’s barely enough room for a simple bar, and all are in clear and present danger of knocking over someone’s beer. Which would be a tragedy, because each of the 130-odd varieties available here (which includes 10 or so daily-changing draughts) has been hand-selected by owners Mike Hill and Richard Dinwoodie. As the men behind the gourmet beer importers Utobeer (the company also has a stall at Borough), they have scoured the globe for the best microbrews. And rather than swanky décor, they let their top-notch product do the talking. An outdoor area adds a little more breathing room – especially nice on a sunny day – but save the Saturday sessions for the beer buffs: when the market is in full flow, it can get claustrophobic. No, best come early in the week with a professed beer-phobe – if they can’t find a single beer that they like here, then they win. And you get to drink fine beer.


14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market,
+44 20 7407 0557
Opening Times
noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am- 11pm Sat
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