The Black Rat

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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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JR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special birthday treat from me to my partner. We each had the taster menu. It was excellent. The service was impeccable, staff chosen for their effortless, smooth charm. The meal was in rushed & expertly paced. The venue, (complained about in some trip advisor posts), is as it should be, old worldly, reminiscent of its age. Ok, truth be told, I did want to scrub & scrape the candle wax off the window & ledges... but I’m sure this authentic feature adds to its charm.
I highly recommend this restaurant, booking in advance a must. Expensive but worth it.

B
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tasting menu....

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

This Michelin-starred restaurant has, unlike many, kept it's feet firmly on the ground. The dining rooms are casual and relaxed - wooden tables, mismatched chairs and cutlery, no hushed acolytes for wait staff. It's comfortable, friendly and welcoming.

My wife has a gluten allergy and modifications to her dishes were made with zero fuss and a level of imagination rather than just "we'll leave it off the plate".

All our dishes were great, two standouts for me were the ox cheek/heart & ris de veau entrée - the sweetbreads were fantastic - crispy on the outside, creamy within and the seasoning was just perfect, I wonder if they were brined before cooking? The pig's blood bavarois dessert plate is not something you see every day, but the iron-y flavor of the blood added another dimension to the sweetness of the bavarois and the texture. There were essentially five desserts on that plate, and the suggestion to tie them all together with a glass of temperanillo/cacao rubis was brilliant.

Our servers, José and Ali took good care of us, all the front-of-house staff were professional and attentive without being overbearing. Great job.

We'll be back, unfortunately not tomorrow, we live in Los Angeles!

BG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good, friendly welcome making us feel ‘at home’ immediately.
Excellent overall customer service from very friendly staff.
Really nice outdoor setting in ‘the huts’ creating very good ambience, although the weather was beautiful which no doubt helped the feel 😎☀️
We would return to The Black Rat again & would recommend it.

JC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I book because choice of good food in Winchester is very limited an the food here is generally good, however I feel that a restaurant of this calibre should offer an internet connection particularly as I was a solo diner and could not get 4G and therefore struggled to do the work I planned to do while I had a leisurely lunch.

This will definitely affect any future bookings if I wish to lunch alone.

NG
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we’ve ever had! Amazing service lovely restaurant - we have told everyone to go and try it and we will certainly be back!

KN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Black Rat on Thursday evening for dinner. We had the most amazing meal, the food was beautifully presented and delicious, the service was friendly and attentive, the whole experience was all that I hoped and much more! We will definitely be returning the next time we are in Winchester! Thank you for an unforgettable evening, and memories that will last a lifetime x

AC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu that was well delivered. Attentive service throughout. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

B
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already recommended to friends, great food and service in a nice setting. Portions a little on small side but full of flavour and wine very overpriced, they gave my wife a birthday pannacota with a candle in. Overall good Sunday evening out

NA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, staff and restaurant. It completely exceeded our expectations and made our first wedding anniversary very special.

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

Outstanding food - the tasting menu is a real treat with nicely paired wines. Staff were exceptional. We will definitely be back - can’t believe it has taken us two years to find them.

JL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food, for a reasonable price, very deserving of the Michelin star.

CS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful old building in Chesil Street is home to the Black Rat restaurant. We booked a table to eat at 6pm and so we had a choice of tables. We sat in the window and were made to feel very welcome. After choosing our wine we were served with some delicious home made bread and butter. We then enjoyed a delicious three course meal exquisitely presented and with sufficient timings with serving the courses.
Thank you to the chef who worked wonders with a sugar free dessert for me!
We enjoyed the experience so much we booked again straight away!

M
Hampshire
124 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Black Rat on a Monday evening. We arrived early for a pre-dinner drink, and I think its fair to say that the upstairs bar room isnt the most cosy and welcoming place, but the drinks were nice, and then when we were shown to our table, the setting was lovely. Service was excellent, friendly and fun. The Zinfandel was terrific, and we really enjoyed our starters and mains, esp the duck. The elderflower cheesecake and its presentation was unusual , and didnt quite work for me, but overall the food was very good. I was being treated, but a sneaky glance at the bill suggested well over £180, which I think is sl steep 2 people with one pre-dinner drink each, one bottle of wine, and a glass of dessert wine, together with 5 courses (my partner skipped dessert and we had tap water and no coffee). I understand that service was 12.5%, perhaps more London like than necessary!

GT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Menu has a very good offering so there will be something to suit any taste buds. Highly recommended.

JE
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food. We sat outside in one of the huts. It was our anniversary meal so perfect. Will definitely go back.

T
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening as always !

m
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Fabulous meal, couldn't fault any aspect of the food or service. My only negative comment would be the lightning, even with many candles it is a bit gloomy.

DB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very interesting menu with just the right balance to choose from. Beautifully cooked and presented. Definitely a meal I could not cook myself at home. We will return.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The concept and brand of black rat,hole, bottle, and boy love it.
Really enjoyed the the venue and quirky setting. The food was lovely and staff very welcoming. Plenty to choose from

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went here for lunch on sunday.. Food lacked on flavour and very overpriced. I was surprise to discover this is a michelin star restaurant. My expectations of the place were high and i left so disapointed.. menu was reduced to a lunch set menu which didnt have much options on them. Took too long to have the main that then we didnt bother with the dessert. I left feeling dissapointed after all the amazing reviews that i had read on here. Unfortunately not worth the money for us.

GC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch menu choice and food selected was amazing. We only had soft drinks but there is an impressive and extensive wine and gin list! The restaurant itself is very cosy and homely, it was roasting hot outside so we sat inside with the refreshing aircon. The waiting staff were very attentive and friendly. We sat beside a table of 3 older people, one who complained as it actually turned out he thought he’d ordered tongue when it was clearly heart on the menu, but the staff responded impeccably to this and were very courteous and polite.

GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch here while visiting Winchester. Really good food, with unusual and tasty flavours. Highly recommended!

PA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a table of four. The first course and main courses were all good. Deserts a little disappointing.
having been a number of times the menu may be in some danger of becoming a list of ingredients and losing a focus on the main element of the dish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to the black rat a couple of times before.
This time was a fantastic experience living up to the Michelin Star status.
We both had the taster menu which was amazing and we both throughly enjoyed!
They have a huge special gin menu which we would recommend to anyone!
We had an excellent evening once again Thank you to the staff and chef

DR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, innovative well executed dishes in an attentive relaxed atmosphere.

MB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is our favourite for miles and miles around. You can eat cheaper elsewhere but you can’t eat as well. You get what you pay for here and the food at The Black Rat is absolutely up there with the best. Local produce. Interesting menu. Excellent.

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience in every way. amazing food, great and knowledgeable service, lovely atmosphere.

AE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very atmospheric setting evocative of medieval Winchester. Attentive but unobtrusive service and very high quality food. I much enjoyed my duck main course. This was a special birthday occasion and I will definitely return!

GG
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only real restaurant in Winchester offering a wide choice of original recipes.

DF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t sure how much we would enjoy it as we were pushing the boat for our anniversary and this menu was far from our comfort zone, however, it was incredible!
The food was insanely tasty and combined with things you just wouldn’t find or expect!
A real culinary experience and I’m so glad we did it. Thanks Black Rat 🐀

LV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was friendly and helpful in explaining some of the more unusual items on the menu. The food wasn’t as good as its reputation had suggested it might be, with the meat under-rendered and dishes over-seasoned and salty. Wines were very nice, but again, expensive. Without a gift voucher that we’d been given, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near value for money.

m
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, unpretentious atmosphere and lovely service

LS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked lunch to celebrate our friend’s birthday. We had great service, the place was really comfortable and not stuffy and a relaxed setting.
Catered with no fuss for one of our friends with nut allergy. Noticed that there were no vegetarian-friendly menu options but this wasn’t an issue for us.
Really fresh, seasonal and delicious food and lovely drinks. Would definitely recommend.

AG
Austin
39 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner in which I selected this restaurant over the chesil and was very disappointed. I felt that the dishes were overrated and complicated. The staff did a poor job in describing the dishes. As a foodie, I suggest that they present a menu that is eatable. It did not live up to its reputation.

RC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a birthday treat we tried the tasting menu. The range of food, flavours and presentation were all excellent.

H
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. I cannot fault this place. The service, the food, the staff, everything is just wonderful.

JD
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely experience and very nice atmosphere. We rated our experience as 4 star, however this was not because anything was wrong but because we have just had better experiences elsewhere with food that we enjoyed even more. We went for a set lunch and perhaps we need to go for an evening meal to appreciate the full menu choice.

NG
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and excellent service. Huge selection of gins, delicious home-baked rolls of different varieties. Knowledgeable friendly staff, and a superb atmosphere. Loved it.

BW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, unobtrusive but attentive service, informal atmosphere.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here thankyou

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