The Black Rat

4.8
985 reviews
£41 and over
British
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.
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FredS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I did not go. I did not realise that they were still open during lockdown! Or is it just that opentable are stupid?

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Talia
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE the Black Rat !

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CarolineR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great, very knowledgeable staff and service.
Nicely relaxed, no time pressures so we could really enjoy the lovely surroundings
Superb starters, beautifully presented and delicious

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Danny
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A first class restaurant with superb service , great food & a broad wine list. We had duck for our main course which was excellent.
The pandemic has resulted in less atmosphere, but this is a small price to pay for feeling safe. Staff take the government guidelines seriously. I would recommend the Black Rat!!

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KristinaFearnley
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As fabulous as ever - always a delight to return to this wonderful restaurant.

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Anasasi
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was amazing but a bit noisy outside due to the nearby pub garden

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paulalikespink
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delicious as always, although there wasn't much meat to choose from (4 mains - 2 were fish, and one was veggie, so that was a bit disappointing for this carnivore). The bill at the end made my eyes water, but the food was fab, the service meticulous, and the experience wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pre Christmas date night and found the staff friendly and knowledgable. Due to CV-19 the menu was restricted but we found the food delightful, delicious and very well presented. An extensive wine list suited all budgets and tastes. A fabulous romantic evening was had and I would highly recommend the Black Rat.

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vipJonathanL
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant for any occasion

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Pedro
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu and service as always. Highly recommended!

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TomS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and a real delight.

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RosalindR
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food; every single course was excellent with delicious combinations of flavours and beautiful presentation. I particularly enjoyed my quail starter and the chocolate and porcini pudding which was one of the best deserts I have ever had.

We ate outside in a cosy booth which felt COVID-safe away from other diners. There was a heater but we were glad of the blanket that was provided and that we had dressed up warmly. Service was very good. All in all, we had a lovely special evening out which cheered us up in this gloomy period. We shall certainly be back.

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TummyHungry
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gastronomic experience in a relaxed, cosy and quiet ambience. Each dish was a masterpiece of their own. Complements to all the team at Black Rat for making my wife's birthday dinner superb.

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FrankB
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the lunch menu, what a way to have Michelin starred meal at unbelievable value! Great surroundings and lovely staff, would highly recommend!

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AverilW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service highly recommended

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JulieG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing we loved it the food was delicious. The place is really nice. The staff were fab.

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Helen
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab outdoor seating. Delicious food. Great lunch.

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HALILH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food considering being in lockdown with a limited menu. Service was a little slow. Waited over 45 mins for dinner and desserts. But overall an enjoyable a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was first class from start to finish. Second visit and every bit as good as the first one!!! Keep up the good work!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to dine here. The food is exceptional, and the service always friendly and professional.

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EleanoreK
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My turbot was the best I’ve ever eaten.

Definitely deserves it’s Michelin Star

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Tovev
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always,delicious food ,ambiance,lovely helpful staff.
Looking forward coming back in the new year.

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SallyC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in one of the outside huts, we thought the food offered reasonable value however the drinks were priced in line with high end London bars and restaurants. Great service throughout and very accommodating as we started to feel the cold.

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NinaF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - Knowledge of the food and different wines.

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Kriss
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent venue for a special lunch the food, the staff and the atmosphere were all spot on.

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LisaG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant , food amazing, fab service, would definitely recommend

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KevG
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there a few times, but this was the best meal, excllent

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MarionB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited the Black Rat on the recommendation of our son. The night we dined was the second night of opening after the November lockdown so it was nice to be out and about again. The service and food was outstanding and even though their numbers were slightly restricted there was a pleasant ambiance.

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dalgersp
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the best meal I have had since the Fat Duck tasting menu 20 years' ago! For someone who is pretty fussy about her food and who often wastes half the meal because it is just too heavy or too much on a plate, this was the most sublime experience! To say that I ate every single mouthful and even wiped the plate with the delicious bread was not a lie. Sometimes I hardly knew what I was eating individually, but the combination of different flavours and textures made it a meal to remember and the reason why I will return again and again to enjoy such a delicious taste experience!

Of course it is expensive when combined with drinks but what would you expect from a Michelin starred restaurant? In fact the basic food prices were not extortionate but without wine and the recommended dessert wine it would be a shame to spoil the experience.

The evening will stay in my memory for a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent!

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AndrewD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. A limited menu but if they are cooking to this standard in a small kitchen it's undersyandable.

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic just book ahead and go great food nice surroundings and lovely people

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KayleighJA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. My partner and I got married on Saturday and knowing that we'd have a proper reception next year we booked The Black Rat to treat just ourselves on the day. I'd heard fantastic things about this restaurant and I'm so glad we booked, it made our night special and we helped an independent restaurant before the start of the second lockdown. The staff were lovely and attentive, the food was incredible; tasty, artfully presented and of a high quality and it felt like we were honouring our special occasion.

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RupertP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Thank you for a truly exceptional dining experience.

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MandyC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real treat, and excellent value for the lunchtime menu. Staff efficient and courteous. Thank you

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Cat42
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine here. Everything is perfect and consistent every time, from the friendly welcome to the exquisite flavours and presentation of the delicious, seasonal food. We eat out a lot and none of the other places are anywhere close to the quality of the Rat!

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Janey
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been looking forward to our visit for a long time, and were delighted with our visit.
The food was exceptional, as was the service.
Would thoroughly recommend to others.

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janC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another superb lunch . Fantastic value. By chance our party of 3 chose every option on the lunch menu so we can vouch for how delicious and well presented each dish was. Portions were generous and the bread superb ( the squid ink bread is wonderful).
Great service , covid safe yet still an okay ambience . Such a shame lock down means they have to shot again but we will be back .

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JHG1973
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for my wife's 40th and chose a lunchtime sitting.
The service was first class and the restaurant was stunning and well equipped for dealing with the Pandemic.
The menu was small, with 3 choices for each of the 3 courses on offer (I can't comment on vegan or vegetarian options).
I started with a Pork Jowl followed by Duck Confit and a fig tart for desert. Each course was delicious.
There's a good selection of wines and beers and expert advice to help you choose a complimentary one. The wines were quite expensive, but a good choice, and I felt that the value of the food made a good balance overall.
I cannot wait for the restaurant to reopen and to try and evening meal with more friends.
Very enjoyable lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our son’s birthday. The meal was absolutely delicious.

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The Black Rat is rated 4.8 stars by 985 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.