The Black Rat

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621 reviews
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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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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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TE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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IW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always

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OT
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food with a great selection of gin. Highly recommended!

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JY
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food: too salty, especially Salmon
Presentation is good though

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RR
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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MW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is INCREDIBLE.
The quirky old and historic venue is the perfect setting, the staff were amazing. Cannot recommend more. Stunning dinner.

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RG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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 !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Only half the meals were enjoyed. Very expensive for what we had.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the best meals we have had in ages. Both innovative and delicious.

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JI
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, the staff were very attentive and the hut added the extra touch for a perfect dinner

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F
London
24 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Staying overnight in Winchester and decided to try the tasting menu here

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TM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and a varied menu. Intend to go again

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was just ok . The food was not up to a Michelin star and I was a little disappointed.

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IJ
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect venue for a special night out. The food was great, the wine list excllent, the staff incredible and the food simply stunning.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good restaurant should be much better than you can cook at home. This was.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and excellent and friendly service. Very pleasing

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LL
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service but as a Michelin stared restaurant it’s mainly for special occasions for most people.

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S
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, a very enjoyable and memorable experience. Will be back for sure

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PT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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BP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend lunch menu is always good value for money . We are always made to feel very welcome.

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FH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, lovely personnel, attractive property and lovely calm, quiet atmosphere

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JB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the Black Rat the staff were very attentive & took time to explain the menu & wine list. Beautiful old building

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E
London
29 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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J
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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