The Black Rat
A year after opening, the team acquired one of the most prestigious accolades in catering, a Michelin Star.
Our ingredients are sourced from some of the best local suppliers that can be found and we have our own forager who brings the most seasonal and fresh products available.
Located nearby is our kitchen garden where we grow some of our own herbs and vegetables, all of which helps to inspire the kitchen team to create their take on a “Modern British” menu.
The wine list boasts some 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world from our supplier Ellis Of Richmond. The list contains some iconic wines that are great with delicious food but also it has balanced and well rounded wine that can be enjoyed without food.
The atmosphere is relaxed but homely with lots to look at in all the rooms, and the service is informal but attentive.
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Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 8:30PM
I’m probably not used to Michelin star dining but I didn’t feel there’s much I was missing.
One thing I cannot fault is the flawless service.
Every staff was professional and they know about the food being served very well.
We had the taster menu with the accompanying wine on our visit too The Black Rat. We both thought the food was excellent and the wine paired very well with the courses on offer. The service was extremely good, the staff are observant and tend to every need in a non obtrusive manner. I would highly recommend eating out at this resturant if you haven’t before!
Great food served in a lovely ambient environment. Staff are attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgable. The menu was interesting and eclectic with a wide range of compelling choices. Great value as well. Would highly recommend.
The food is absolutely beautiful here! By far the best meal I have ever eaten out. The depth of flavour in each dish was truly exquisite.
A real find! The Michelin star gives a clue, but the whole experience was delivered with superb and yet unobtrusive service. The food was creative, interesting, and most importantly, delicious!
Loved it. Deserving of the plaudits and Michelin star. Highly recommended. Interesting food prepared to perfection. We had three courses, wine and tea for finale. If the prices put you off it's not the restaurant for you. Worth every penny and would return tomorrow. Excellent service. Lovely ambience. Friendly and knowledgeable waiters.
Having looked at the menu online, there was an unusual mix of ingredients in some dishes and wasn’t sure I’d like any of them but on the evening I struggled to choose! The food was first class as was the service and ambience.
Lovely olde worldy restaurant where you are made to feel at ease.
Slightly on the pricey side but has a Michelin star.
Excellent as always
Brilliant food with a great selection of gin. Highly recommended!
Food: too salty, especially Salmon
Presentation is good though
Lovely food. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the bread nibbles prior to the starts. Tasty chocolates. Lovely interior - bit different to other Michelin star restaurants that I've been to.
The food here is INCREDIBLE.
The quirky old and historic venue is the perfect setting, the staff were amazing. Cannot recommend more. Stunning dinner.
We've never been disappointed lunching at the Black Rat. Wine isn't cheap but the weekend lunch set menu is brilliant. Every course is outstanding and you just marvel at the combinations of elements that make up each of the dishes. The staff and the surroundings make for a very enjoyable experience that cannot be beaten.
Attended for lunch on Sunday and were able to sit out in the garden, which was lovely. Had several choices from a set menu of either two or three courses. I had all three and my wife two. We both enjoyed every course immensely. I can't believe what good value for money the food is. The staff were lovely and attentive but not overly so.
My wife and I are proper 'foodies' and weve been to some lovely restaurants previously and this certainly rates up there as one of the very best, the food wad truly superb with an explanation of the food from the staff, top notch !
It was our anniversary. We had an excellent meal of 48hr cooked beef which was so rich and beefy and then a main course of wild boar. Meat eaters! Beautifully cooked and presented. Everything was great and the staff are so friendly and helpful.
Only half the meals were enjoyed. Very expensive for what we had.
This was one of the best meals we have had in ages. Both innovative and delicious.
Excellent food, the staff were very attentive and the hut added the extra touch for a perfect dinner
Staying overnight in Winchester and decided to try the tasting menu here
Excellent food and a varied menu. Intend to go again
Was just ok . The food was not up to a Michelin star and I was a little disappointed.
Perfect venue for a special night out. The food was great, the wine list excllent, the staff incredible and the food simply stunning.
A good restaurant should be much better than you can cook at home. This was.
Michelin Star dining in a quirky setting in Winchester. Excellent food of the highest quality presented beautifully with attentive but not invasive service. Fantastic gin selection. Small but varied menu, maybe not great for fussy eaters but I doubt you'd bother with such fine dining if you were. Highly recommended.
Lovely food and excellent and friendly service. Very pleasing
Had the most amazing meal here. The staff were excellent, food exceptional. I will definitely be going back again. I can not recommend this place enough.
Fantastic food and service but as a Michelin stared restaurant it’s mainly for special occasions for most people.
The food was amazing as always
How they come up with the different combinations is just artistry
The chefs are at the top of their game.
The service is relaxed but very efficient.
A very enjoyable evening that was all about the food
Excellent, a very enjoyable and memorable experience. Will be back for sure
The staff were very friendly and most helpful. An excellent selection of wines. Like to have seen the chef, nothing better than a chef in his whites asking diners how there food was. Ours was excellent.
However and this is no reflection on the Black Rat, the lady customer sitting directly behind me was suffering from extremely bad BO ! I should not wish to experience this again in a restaurant.
Excellent food prepared with care and understanding of flavours and textures to provide a unique experience. it is not an ostentatious place and does not put on a performance of faux attention. It is honestly excellent food and the service is considerate and unobtrusive. Overall an experience not to be missed and well deserving of its Michelin rating.
The weekend lunch menu is always good value for money . We are always made to feel very welcome.
Superb food, lovely personnel, attractive property and lovely calm, quiet atmosphere
The Black Rat was a very enjoyable experience. We hadn't been to a Michelin starred restaurant before although we have been to many really good restaurants over our 44 years married life. Everything on the menu looked very interesting so we decided to go for the tasting menu. That was a really good choice as there were a whole range of food experiences in the 6 courses so no difficult decisions to be made. the wine pairings were very good and kept the cost levels at a reasonable level for this standard of restaurant. It's definitely a restaurant I'll go back to as it's setting in what looks like an old pub was unpretentious and snug.
We really enjoyed the Black Rat the staff were very attentive & took time to explain the menu & wine list. Beautiful old building
We loved everything about the Black Rat from the quirky decor, romantic ambience, welcoming professionalism of the staff, great drinks to the totally amazing food. Every course was creatively prepared with the freshest ingredients and wonderful flavours. We are not local but would go back to Winchester just to dine there!
Very impressed with the food, very inventive without it being to out there, service was friendly and not to formal, tasting menu was good value, will definitely visit again
We were delighted to be accommodated at short notice and were given an excellent table, which, though central, conferred a sense of intimacy upon our spontaneously arranged soirée, owing to the thoughtful arrangement of the room. The service was undertaken with an exemplary lightness of touch, with certain of the more obscure components of the exquisite courses being explained to us patiently, intelligently and with no trace of affectation. The terrine was outstanding, the lamb succulent and the dessert that I chose, a white chocolate confection accompanied by a citrus sorbet, liquorice macaroon and a black sesame seed crisp was a synthesis of all things delicious. We shall be returning, soon enough, though not with such frequency as to diminish the sense of occasion, for this is quite a special small restaurant and dining here should not be an everyday affair, notwithstanding its proximity to where we live. Excellent!
We were given a voucher for our Golden Wedding and weren't sure what to expect. The menu was like nothing we had experienced before. The staff were very willing to explain anything we didn't understand. Nothing was rushed and there was plenty of choice on our Sunday lunch menu. We sat in a heated hut in the garden, which was delightful. The food was well presented and well designed. We really enjoyed our meal, and were treated to a special dessert at the end in honour of our celebration. Loved the black bread and the special butters. Don't be afraid that it's a bit unique, go give it a try. You won't regret it.