I’d been meaning to pay a visit to this South-East London beer staple for some time. Part of the delay has been catching it at a quiet time; ‘small and perfectly formed’ it may be, but squeezing into this place 7pm on a Friday is something I’d personally prefer to avoid.

Inside, it’s cute and cosy, but also quite stark, with high wooden benches for seating. Even though the pub felt quiet, there were no inside seats, so we sat outdoors under the highly effective patio heaters.

the rake

Above the bar, the pub mantra ‘No Crap on Tap’ is proudly displayed. The staff were really helpful on advising about the beers, which was just as well as there were plenty that I didn’t recognise by name or font.

The only criticism I’d have of the range of beers on offer here is the fact that people who prefer a slightly less alcohol heavy – yet still very tasty – beer are perhaps less catered for. I fancied something dark, rich, spicy and wintery, and three of the draft options looked promising. However, all three of them were more than 7.5%, so not quite the ticket for ‘a quick one before lunch’…