The Black Rat

4.7
448 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The Black Rat Restaurant was converted from a pub into a quaint and quirky restaurant that is situated on Chesil Street.
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7pm - 9:15pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9:15pm
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Phone number
01962 844465
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jon Marsden Jones
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Private Party Facilities
There is a private dining room upstairs for all occasions, plus a comfy lounge and well-stocked bar full of well known and specialty spirits where guests can have pre-dinner drinks whilst perusing the menu, or enjoy a digestif or coffee after their meal.
The Dining room seats 9-16 and can only be booked by phone and with a pre order in advance.
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Private Party Contact
Gareth: 01962 844465
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Parking Details
There is a Multi -Storey further down the road on the Chesil St roundabout which we recommend for day time parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 8:30PM

What 448 People Are Saying
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Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high quality food and service. The quails egg starter was one of the best courses I’ve ever tasted.

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JF
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very memorable food and attentive service. A wonderful part of our visit to Winchester.

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wine is a bit pricey - but that's my only 'complaint'. Have been before and will go again.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food from a simple menu, with mouthwatering flavours. No nonsense, friendly service. A real treat.

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B
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic mix of pub feel and superb quality fine dining. Lovely informal atmosphere with extremely friendly and relaxed staff, none of the stuffiness that you often get with more expensive restaurants. It will never be cheap dining at this level but this place is great value and makes a lot of the High St chains look massively over priced by comparison, it’s only a bit more expensive than them but easily twice or three times better. We will definitely return.

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L
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine - very engaging staff. A super place for dinner whatever the occasion.

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M
London
45 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

If you were going to Winchester for the weekend it might be worth going here. The food was good but perhaps 'troppo lavorato' They had fantastic ingredients but in our opinion had overworked them . The gin menu was pretty amazing. The wine list was limited.

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MK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and value. Thoroughly recommended.

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RJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well-presented, imaginative food, good service, relaxed ambience, decent wine list

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A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasurable evening with gorgeous food. Our waiters were extremely accommodating and helpful in the choices that we made.

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W
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding lunch. So many flavours packed into 3 courses! Service was also just right - not too fussy but there when needed. Excellent value considering the quality of the food.

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good and different. Well presented. Service strange. Very caring on arrival. Had to ask for pre starter plates to be removed. Also had quite a wait to see dessert menu. Tables were very sparse , large brown square wooden tables.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. I treated my 11 year old daughter for lunch, which is, to be honest, a rather difficult venture due to the limited and 'mature' choices of the fixed choice menu, however the staff and management did their utmost to accommodate her.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. If we are ever in Winchester again, we will eat here.

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KM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic service and food was exceptional. We were not rushed throughout the evening and the waiters were so helpful and friendly

We sat outside (where there was NO music YAY) and the huts were comfy with a heating and a blanket for extra warmth

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S
Wales
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special meal and definitely the best place to eat in Winchester. Food was superb

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H
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with a warm attendant staff accompanied by delicious amazing food made with so many local ingredients. Suited our date night perfectly.

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MW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice restaurant, with excellent food and service, would recommend.

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JC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal in good surroundings - a great find!

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RK
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful birthday meal. Excellent food and service. Thank you.

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A
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, good service, excellent food. Both inside and outside sitting areas are very private.

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SS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very helpful and knowledgeable staff

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our first date as husband and wife and had a really lovely time with my husband often commenting that it was the best meal he’d ever eaten. Food was amazing, the drinks list was a great selection and the service was very warm
and friendly! We are definitely coming back!

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LS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the set lunch menu. The portion sizes were perfect. The food was well presented and served at a good temperature.

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GR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, looks great and tastes great. Good atmosphere ando good service meant overall one of the best foodie nights out weve had

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique venue and dining experience delivered by attentive and knowledgable staff and a very satisfying abstract enviroment

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with husband and son. Super delicious meal with so much fine detail on each plate. The service was excellent and the ambiance perfect.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing experience with top class food would highly recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great service and great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Cucina creativa in ambiente informale, anche se sicuramente al di sopra della media della ristorazione inglese, molto apprezzato il divieto per la cena ai bambini al di sotto dei dodici anni. Piatti curati e molto profumati, sicuramente il miglior ristorante nel mio viaggio nel sud diell'Inghilterra.

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IT
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just exceptional, brilliant service, brilliant food and not that it mattered but really good value for money.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The second time we have eaten here, once in the evening, this time for lunch. Everyone is super friendly and the food is always lovely, with some extra special ‘foraged’ bits.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed environment - welcoming staff. Fantastic food - good choice of wines and reasonably priced wines. Lovely breads at start of meal. Prompt service but unhurried - fantastic value for money- beautifully presented dishes. Will definitely go back.

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PM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A pleasant evening spoiled by the owner and another person smoking cigarettes at a table only 5 metres from mine. Member of staff declined to pass on my comments because he was the owner. Offered another table which we accepted by why should we? When spending £160 on a meal, I expect respect.
Will never visit again or recommend to my business and social acquaintances.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food could not fault it.
The only restriction for me was the choice on the menu, a treat for the average working person as it will cost you more. But that’s why you go to these restaurants, it’s a treat
Over all very good

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

you will not be disappointed if you choose to eat here, we could find nothing wrong and had a fabulous evening

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TL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my partner here for lunch on his birthday and we both loved it! The food was AMAZING! the lunch time set menu is also great value for money! however the drinks are rather expensive but I guess it is a michelin star so I expected to pay more. High recommended.

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MV
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional service!
The lunch menu had a great selection of food. Looking forward to returning soon!

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TD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an outstanding 3 course meal. The starter, main and dessert were all exceptional. Great service too.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lived up to all previous reviewer’s comments.
The best food we’ve had - ever!

Superb attentive service from the moment we arrived.
Everything was clearly explained.

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