The Black Rat

4.7
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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.
What 831 People Are Saying
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AbbyC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 3 course lunch & service! We sat in one of the garden huts.

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william
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a lovely lunch on Saturday 8th August.
I was good that the Black Rat is open again as
we were celebrating a birthday which had occurred during lockdown.
It was a very good choice of restaurant and the set menu for the weekend was good value.
Thank you!

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normski
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting in a Georgian house just outside Winchester town centre. Fantastic bread to start with and then a wonderful starter of lemon sole with black potatoes. Followed by the lamb shoulder which was braised to perfection. For dessert, madeleines with a miso butterscotch dipping sauce, simply superb and all for £34.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening. Fantastic food. Great all round.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time sat in the outside area (we’ve always been inside previously) and we really enjoyed it.
Food and service were amazing as always.
A gem of a restaurant.

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LaviniaG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff are just amazing! Space outside is a bit on the small side but the huts are nice and allow for comfortably sitting 4 people. It would be nice to have some music outside.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the Black Rat on a Sunday lunchtime. Good menu with enough of a choice to please all four of us. Obviously this restaurant comes alive when it bustles but in these Covid times it’s not going to be quite the same with tables so spaced out, that said the team that served us did a great job, we felt safe, enjoyed the food and I would recommend. The ice cream for the birthday guest was a nice touch.

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Fortune
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly stunning dining experience for a birthday celebration dinner outside in a garden hut - we loved it!

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JulieH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal as always and felt very ‘normal’ despite all the steps restaurants are having to take at the moment. A lovely evening and the food is exceptional as usual.

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RobinJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience, very reasonably priced for the quality of food. Fabulous food, knowledgeable wine help, friendly service. All in all, a fantastic meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always

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StevenG
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and food was exceptional , even on the limited Sunday lunch menu. The steps initiated in relation to Covid were sensible and we felt very secure in our first meal at a restaurant since lockdown. Great food, good atmosphere and service- couldn’t fault it and can’t wait till we can return

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PatriciaD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to going back again but next time the à la carte menu and when we come back again the tasting menu 👏🏻

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CarolF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved our late birthday celebration at the Black Rat. The food and wine were outstanding! We will definitely be making further bookings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an incredible experience. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding.

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PatrickM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice of food with interesting ingredients, beautifully presented.

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Hilary
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Covid measures were excellent. We were well spaced and good ventilation. Staff took good precautions. Also hand sanitizer on the table as well as the entrance. We felt very safe.

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Steve
Hampshire
17 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant given the COVID-19 precautions. Very good food. Friendly attentive staff

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jonathanc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great welcome, so glad it's back open.
Get in there if you can you won't be disappointed

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JoannaW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An interesting menu full of new things to try. Food was delicious and staff attentive. Fab place to eat - particularly like sitting outside in a hut!

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JamieB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way - a total delight. Best meal I've had for a year

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NaomiA
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're very much enjoyed our meal at The Black Rat. The staff were lovely and very helpful and the food was splendid.

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IainB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would have scored it higher if it were not for Covid restrictions, which they managed well.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under these exceptionally difficult circumstances everyone at the Black Rat have risen to the next level in teams of still providing an exceptional level of food and service while respecting the standards required in keeping both staff and customers as safe as possible.

The set lunch menu was cooked to perfection and the front of house staff were as always attentive. The cod served as the main course with a wild boar lardon was sensational.

A wonderful experience!

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Hayley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service was extremly good.
I would recomend a table outside in one of the huts!

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SeanS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent post lock down meal. All the social distancing and COVID safeness you could want. Still the same excellent experience. Great food, amazing service!

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Cezza
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Service was a little slower than normal but only to be expected in current circumstances . We’ll be back again in a few weeks time.

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SusieH
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, highly recommend! I have a few food allergies and they catered for me perfectly.

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KristinaF
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As excellent as ever - so pleased to have this amazing restaurant open and welcoming diners again.

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IsabelL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughly recommend this restaurant! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food.

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Brucie
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The upstairs bathroom is not nice at all. Why do you have a bath in there? Should be gutted and fitted out with something more fitting for a fine dining restaurant. I didn't see downstairs bathroom so can't comment on that one.

Can't fault the food, superb! Thank you.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great experience, and our visit restaurant visit in many months. Really interesting menu selection, and enjoyed having horse as an option as not something we eat often but was very well presented and cooked. The deserts were the winners for us, a lot of delicate flavours and well presented.

We chose to sit outside, unique experience and overall enjoyed it - last minute electrical guide probably couldn't have been helped, and wasn't expecting views of the nearby homes but these were only minor distractions.

Social distancing did make the overall experience strange, and all government guidelines were followed, but staff were still attentive.

Definitely recommended and looking forward to going back - it isn't cheap so it will be in a few months time.

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Mexy
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was fantastic. Well worth the Michelin Star. Would go back. Fantastic experience. Wine wonderful too!

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely service, enormous choice of wines

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Dave
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food served at the black rat, amazing attentive hosts with a great selection of gins. I would highly recommend to anyone considering to treat themselves, to visit The Black Rat!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the staff are very kind and thoughtful.

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StephenS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch and great to be back after the lockdown period. Food and service was excellent as always - can't wait to visit again.

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JanO
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful lunch we had (never disappoints)
Once again from the moment we walked through the door we were welcomed and spoilt. Thank you.
Gareth your team did you proud. Everyone one of your team excelled from service to kitchen. 😀😀

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Delicious food and wine
Many thanks

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PaulG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The food was good but not outstandiing and I hadn't realised there would only be a limited set menu available (Sunday Lunch). The service was reasonable until it came to us wanting to get the bill, which took about ten minutes to attract waiting staff who had all disappeared. However this is where the experience started to turn sour - the waitress muttered something about their card machine playing up but tried and failed to get it to work. Next the manager(ess) came and asked to type in the card details;nhowever did not give me a chance to enter my pin as I beleve shd be an option. My bank refused the payent quite reasonably for a £200 plus payment without verification, my bank tested me, I confirnmed in reply that I wanted to make payment but two more attempts by the manageress still failed. I am now getting frustrated as it was b40 minutes since we got the bill and the manageress was being very unhelpful and did not seem to have a clue as to how banks work. The manageress very rudely told me three times to not shout at her - I may have raised my voice but was not shouting by the way. Eventuall sorted when the owner turned up and eventually gave a reasonable way forward but the experience with the manageress soured what was meant to be a birthday cvelebration meal. I have been to this restaurant several times over the years but I am not likely to return.

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