Rake’s Café Bar

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SquareMeal Review of Rake’s Café Bar

Rake’s is a cafe-bar housed inside the Andaz, a five-star Hyatt hotel where once stood the infamous Bethlehem Hospital (aka ‘Bedlam’). While we’re not keen on the tacky plastic ivy-covered gazebo amid the grandeur of The Front Room, Rake’s racy red Victorian-style Parlour is certainly worth a visit for its contemporary cocktails. Raffish recipes such as Mad House (a fennel, orange and red-pepper vodka and Kümmel Sour) and a dried-down alt’ Pimm’s (made with strawberry-laden vermouth and Fernet Branca) are interesting and instantly Instagrammable. Otherwise, in the absence of Prosecco – is this bravely bucking a trend or plain bonkers? – order a crisp cava, one of a dozen wines, hoochy Highballs, juices or smoothies. All-day bar snacks provide nourishment; we liked the sesame and cashew cauliflower ‘wings’ and the chicken and chorizo croquettes. Larger plates might include pan-fried sea trout with potato, fennel and caper salad, followed by ices, sorbets and cheesecakes.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Bars, Hotel Bars, International
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quirky, Romantic, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Rake’s is a café-bar housed inside the Andaz, a luxury Hyatt hotel on Liverpool Street. Describing itself as a ‘café by day and a bar by night’, this restaurant encourages informal dining and all-round good vibes. It’s comprised of three rooms: the Front Room is a garden-inspired space where you can vibe along to local DJs throughout the week, the Parlour is a sophisticated yet casual lounge area boasting high ceilings and red walls, and No.3 is its private dining room.  

During the day, the Front Room boasts plenty of natural light, trailing foliage and an indoor gazebo-like structure designed to bring the feel of the outdoors inside. Here, guests can dine from the all-day menu which comprises a range of small and large sharing plates. Examples of smaller dishes include sesame cauliflower wings with cashew ranch, Spanish ham and potato croquettes with chipotle mayo and chilli jam, and a saffron chicken kebab skewer. Larger dishes include a global selection, from beef short ribs with BBQ glaze and truffle mash to tagliatelle oxtail ragu with Parmesan and basil.  

On Saturdays, attention turns to brunch, with both regular and boozy options available. Look out for pecan waffles with lemon crème fraiche, berries and rose fennel syrup, for example, or go bottomless with Prosecco, Champagne or cocktails for an extra cost. 

During the evening, head over to its cosy red-painted lounge area to sample one of its signature cocktails, under names like The Orgy, The Prison or The Mad House. A concise selection of wines, port, beer and cider and non-alcoholic options are available, too, and it also runs a rather appealing daily happy hour! 


FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Rake's?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Rake's.

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When is bottomless brunch available?

Brunch and bottomless brunch is served on Saturday.

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Location

Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN

020 76187 7200 020 76187 7200

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 08:30-11:00
Tue 08:30-11:00
Wed 08:30-11:00
Thu 08:30-11:00
Fri 08:30-11:00
Sat 08:30-11:00
Sun 08:30-11:00
Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon 12:00-00:00
Tue 12:00-00:00
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-01:00
Fri 12:00-01:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-18:00

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7 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Michael M

30 November 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3

A great place for a lunch or afternoon tea. A bit noisy around lunchtime for a business meeting! 

Jessica M

08 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
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Wow! Perfect spot for a catch up where you can actually hear each other talk. Great food and wonderful service. My new go-to place :)

Sasha K

13 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4

Great place!

CHRISTINE A

15 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Raghav J

03 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Dependable (and my favourite) city brunch spot

The Andaz Liverpool Street is my favourite place to dine in the East End, a fantastic combination of 5-star luxury and a relaxed lifestyle vibe. The staff are approachable and very friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and the food of the top drawer.

I'll be back for more! :)

Anon

15 March 2019  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Super Service

I was looking for a quiet venue to meet an out-of-town client to hold a confidential meeting over dinner, amidst the noisy tumult of so many Liverpool St haunts.  I stumbled upon Rake's by chance.  I was met by front-of-house host, Kennya. She was warm and welcoming as one might expect but she became genuinely helpful and attentive as the evening wore on.  I felt the front bar was too noisty and she took me to the rear, quiter resataurant area.  However, here the tables were too close to hold a private discussion.  She immediately suggested their small, private dining area, just off the main resatauarnt, which proved to be ideal.  (There was no additional charge for its use.)

My client arrived and we were able to have the confidential meeting we planned, alongside a superb meal.  (I had the sea bass paella - highly recommended.) The service could not have been more attentive with Sacha and Ida always at hand. taking orders and making suggestions.  Kennya came back at vatrious points to ensure our meeting and meal was going to plan.

Our evening could not have been bettered. Thank you Kennya and staff.

Sophie W

04 September 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 5
Favourite new spot in the City!
The rumours about the cauliflower wings are true - they are incredible!! This place is also an instgrammer's heaven with 3 different rooms with different decor & vibes.The menu is healthy, delicious, beautifully presented and has a wealth of vegan, veggie & gluten free options at incredibly good prices! I will definitely be going back as regularly as i can - also a great place for friday after work Drinks !
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