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About The Black Rat

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.

88 Chesil Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0HX
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
British

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7pm - 9:15pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9:15pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01962 844465

Website:
http://www.theblackrat.co.uk/

Parking Details:
There is a flat level Pay and Display car park opposite the restaurant and a Multi -Storey further down the road on the Chesil St roundabout which we recommend for day time parking

Executive Chef:
Oliver Moore

Private Party Facilities:
There is a private dining room upstairs for all occasions, plus a comfy lounge and well-stocked bar full of well known and specialty spirits where guests can have pre-dinner drinks whilst perusing the menu, or enjoy a digestif or coffee after their meal. The Dining room seats 9-16 and can only be booked by phone and with a pre order in advance.

Private Party Contact:
Gareth: 01962 844465

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine

The Black Rat Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.7

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4.5

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4.2

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Hampshire)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food in a wonderful restaurant with very attentive staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great food. Very high standard. Staff exceptional.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Cannot say enough great food lovely knowledgable staff great atmosphere superb

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Great meal, lovely restaurant. Went for our wedding anniversary and had a great time. A must if you are looking for a special place to go, that’s not th same old chain places!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 7 November 2017

Fantastic as ever

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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Professional yet friendly and welcoming service, cosy atmosphere without being crowded/cramped and high quality food - a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

We had a wonderful meal .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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service4
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·Dined on 1 November 2017

A superb restaurant, not stuffy at all, and with excellent food. Beautiful, imaginative, creative menu options and, for the style of food, the portion sizes were good. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 29 October 2017

I was greeted and shown to our table whic h was in a drafts location. W hen my husband arrived we were told there was a table in a better location and moved. I have food allergies and these were discussed with me before we started.

The homemade bread was delicious and unusual. I t was p robably the highlight of the meal. We had cod brandade for our starter mine was served without aubergine as reque#ted by myself. This was very nice and was enhanced by the mouse line served with the bread. We chose grouse for the main course as the restaurant had run our of pheasant. It was delicious but a v rly small portion.

We shared a spiced apple desert w high again was very tasty. One of the other sweets contained peanut and I was unwell later on. So I will have to avaoid the sweets in the future.

Overall. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 29 October 2017

One of our favourite places over the years! We have not been in a while for various reasons but we went for Sunday lunch with our six year old who thoroughly enjoyed her pheasant and pudding. Everything was better than we remembered albeit we had been very restrained with the wine on this occasion. Looking forward to another visit soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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value4

 
·Dined on 26 October 2017

Incredible service with the most spectacular food. Purely a magical night with a gorgeous setting and beautiful decor.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 24 October 2017

All dishes were delicious and menu was very seasonal. Lovely cosy atmosphere with log fire, almost feels like you're eating at home. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 22 October 2017

An amazing lunch served by friendly, professional and unobtrusive staff who really know the menu well and how the ingredients are sourced and cooked.
A great big thank to everyone.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 18 October 2017

The food was amazing, but the service was outstanding. They knew the menu off by heart and were able to suggest alternatives for lactose intolerant. Very impressed

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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service4
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

Excellent venue. Warm and inviting and looks as though it would be ideal for cold winter's evening if looking for somewhere quiet and candlelit. Food, particularly the flavours, was excellent. Service discreet and efficient. Price was what you would expect for a Michelin starred restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 16 October 2017

Friendly and attentive staff, great service, awesome food!

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·Dined on 15 October 2017

Fabulous food, fantastic service. Couldn't get in for a weekend evening so took the Sunday lunch option and did not regret it. The smashing pumpkin chocolate dessert was a triumph.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

The food was amazing and the staff were lovely. Thank you for such a lovely evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Been trying for long time to book this restaurant and I won’t be waiting so long till the next time 👍👍👍👍all was great and very very tasty menu.Many thanks to all the team and of course the CHEFS👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳👨‍🍳

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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Wonderful gin menu with good recommendations for the appropriate tonic and garnish. Unusual and interesting menu. Lighting is dim so it is difficult to see what your are eating particularly when the elements are a similar colour. extremely pleasant staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Awesome well thought out dishes in a very pleasant atmosphere and venue. The staff were very attentive and helpful. We will definitely be dining there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Amazing food with a very relaxed atmosphere. Staff were friendly, attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value4

 
·Dined on 8 October 2017

It was a special occasion. Daughter's 21st birthday. Katy felt incredibly spoilt, and so did we.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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ambience4
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Although limited choice menu food superbly presented wonderful fusion of flavours great service can’t wait to go again

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

Really good, enjoyable evening. Our starters and puddings were excellent, mains very good. Ambience was comfortable, relaxing and fun. Service superb: very efficient, but also friendly and unobtrusive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value3

 
·Dined on 6 October 2017

Fabulous experience for a special occasion . We had a great time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Quiet 25th Wedding Anniversary meal with friends. Great service, tasty food, what more could you ask for?

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

Absolutely gorgeous place to try some incredible dishes. Staff were lovely, drinks were amazing, food was indescribable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

Always an interesting menu. Highlight was the main course of scallops, red mullet and tiny vegetables in a amazing saffron cream sauce with farfalle pasta. Absolutely amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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service4
value3

 
·Dined on 20 September 2017

Fantastic food and an exciting menu.

We had a lovely evening, our only comment would be that the staff were perhaps a little over attentive, we were asked at least 6 or 7 times throughout the evening how things were. Of course it's lovely for them to check things are good, but perhaps not repeatedly and have each of the three waiting staff asking the same question time and time again.

Tags: Seasonal
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food5
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 19 September 2017

We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner here.
The atmosphere is cosy - almost like dining in someone's house. Service was excellent and they were very helpful explaining which dishes were gluten free or could be easily adapted.
The food was beautiful - opportunity to try unusual things with some lovely combinations, together with Michelin-style presentation.
Good wine (and gin!) list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 18 September 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Amazing food and service. Enjoyed all the small touches such as freshly made breads and butters and chocolates at the end. Nothing seemed too much for the waiting staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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food5
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value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Very good food , nice service and fantastic gin menu. Not cheap but fine dining. Lunch time is set menu which is s little restrictive but still good. Can't wait to go back in the evening! Next time I may get a taxi so I can also try more of the gins !

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

excellent food , unhurried meal and relaxed but attentive service. just what you want for a special meal out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Amazing food and a really lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Despite being Michelin starred it didn't feel pretentious. The staff were very attentive and every dish well presented, tasting fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Very good food. There's certainly some odd stuff on the menu but then it's good to try different.....that I wouldn't cook at home!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Such a nice change from all the pubs you get in the country. I came across the restaurant whilst searching for somewhere with a Michelin star to celebrate a birthday.
It has a lot of character and the food is great. I've been twice for the Sunday lunch set menu, and plan to try the evening À La Carte Menu soon.
The staff are always very pleasant and helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

Lovely meal- one of the best we've had and one we'll talk about for years to come.

Not the cheapest but worth the money for some great food, really good service, excellent gin and well matched wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 22 August 2017

Brilliant atmosphere and a great dining experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on 20 August 2017

Do not be put off by the name. Darling restaurant in a very old building. Excellent and unusual food. Superb service. A real find in Winchester.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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