The Black Rat

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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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Our expectations were high . But food was average, cold starters, main course of duck undercooked , not pink but very bloody.
£10 cheese board ,3 wafer thin ,tasteless crackers. 1 picked walnut .

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JohnH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Having read glowing reports, and also hearing first hand from friends, we were looking forward to our visit. However, I have to say we were disappointed. Maybe it just wasn't our cup of tea. It was extremely expensive, which wouldn't have been a complaint if the food had been memorable. As it was, it was memorable for the wrong reasons. There were no highlights. All courses served had a portion size that was laughable. My fish starter was barely warm, overcooked to the point of being rubbery, and far too salty, effectively masking any other taste. My wife's duck main wasn't just pink ….. I'm sure I heard it quack! I sampled it, and agreed with her, that the metallic taste wasn't good. My main was hay smoked horse …… OK, but certainly not a taste sensation. The source that it was served with tasted of nothing, which I guess in itself is a difficult thing to do. The menu said it had a horseradish content ….. really? Not a hint of horseradish. We are both fans of the pudding course, but we declined as there was absolutely nothing that on the menu that appealed, even in then slightest. The coffee was weak, but we have to say that the £12 pound a shot brandy was delicious. In closing, I must stress that neither of us are inexperienced with regard to good food, but with a final bill of £212, we agreed that The Black rat was terrible value for money.

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vipLaurenE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing - although the tasting menu had a few similar dishes on and normally I would like to try completely different ingredients! Atmosphere was nice and staff were friendly. Slightly disappointed that I did state on the reservation that it was my husbands birthday but there was no mention of it and they also brought out a dessert for another diner with a candle as it was their birthday so slightly disappointing - but he enjoyed the overall experience!

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal - the food was excellent but the sommelier’s knowledge wasn’t entirely comprehensive but the wines were excellent.

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BrianS
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food in an informal atmosphere . Tables well spaced and service very prompt

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Crazyfox
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful experience of fine dining. The presentation, quantity and quality of each of the six courses was wonderful. The serving staff were polite informative and discreet. There is a great quirky ambience and the rooom / space on the tables is just right.
Our only negative was that te time between a couple of the courses was a little too long.

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CarlyT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A curious, almost inconspicuous venue with truly outstanding seasonal food; and exceptional catering for my special dietary requirements (coeliac).

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AlisonG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really tasty food and a lovely atmosphere. The food was quite slow coming out so on the taster menu it was a bit of a wait for all the courses. I was really put off that horse was on the menu in a British restaurant. In all, it was a really lovely evening

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RichardB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was sensational and you do get what you pay for. Will visit again

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Shreya
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great presentation of plates accompanied by a beautiful rustic ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Deserving of their Michelin star!

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DannyG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the black rat, was a regular visitor pre kids, will be getting back into the habit now.

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Tracey
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, highly recommended. Very quiet, fabulous unobtrusive service, delicious food. Wine is relatively expensive but we very much enjoyed the bottle we had. Would return without question.

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cghad
London
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional
We had sole and venison as mains. Delicious.
We had de Wetshof. Chardonnay great choice

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TimC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit...excellent and inventive food, beautifully presented. Atmosphere, service and value for money all first class. We hope to revisit soon!

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ChloeA
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, fantastic service and an all round great experience.

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SarahB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was unique & delicious. The service was superb. Would definitely visit again.

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MarionC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, staff very attentive and food was excellent

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MayN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The black rat has a lovely ambience. We enjoyed the taster menu but found that although the food was tasty we found the amounts on the small side. The pacing of the meal was a little slow but the service was excellent! Would love to come back again and try

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PaulF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening, a special vegan menu for my partner taking account of her dietary requirements but still maintaining the finesse.

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robinm
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed the meal but wasn't overly impressed by the lack of flavour in my starter .... pigs cheek ....it could just be my taste buds! Lovely loin of venison though. Food beautifully presented ...small quantities.
Interestingly my pudding was too big! I sound very picky....!
Pricey ... £196 for 2 incl 12.5% service charge.... how we did have a glass of champagne each initially but only a half bottle of Chablis.
Probably won't come again unless I feel flush with cash.
Special occasion / Valentines.
My wife really enjoyed it all and would recommend the restaurant.

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Curlyt
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, cosy atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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LauraF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely environment. Wonderful service with someone available throughout the whole experience. Each course was as delicious and beautiful as the last

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SunS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great . choice for something special in Winchester

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Charlottes
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch at the Black rat on Saturday the whole experience was excellent. I could not find fault in any direction.

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Joanna
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 'treat' restaurant where we go to celebrate. We are always guaranteed a wonderful experience.

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Christoperh
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and unlike other resturants good size portions

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TimW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cooking is both surprising and exceptional. Sometimes delightfully simple but tremendous combinations of taste

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DebbieBray
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience - staff so attentive, friendly. Had the tasting menu which was wonderful
A belated Christmas treat for my son and girlfriend who have gone away and already looking to book again

Keep it up - a very happy customer indeed

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Kathy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff and lovely food. We thoroughly enjoyed it - thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Taken portion size to de minimis level!

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DavidS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A fantastic meal and services can't wait to go back

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vippaulm
Berkshire
30 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

went out of our way for a Saturday lunch, a very interesting building with top class food and great service, very busy , if we were that way again would certainly go again.

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MarkD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food as always need one more potato to go with the one on my plate for my main course

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Rowie
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really liked it, however we had high expectations and the food was delicious but not memorable.

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PippaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the taster menu at the Black Rat. The food and service were exceptional. The surroundings were eclectic. Will definitely book again.

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Trigger
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we have had for ages. Will definitely return.
The duck was cooked to perfection.