The Black Rat

4.8
956 reviews
£41 and over
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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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent!

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AndrewD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. A limited menu but if they are cooking to this standard in a small kitchen it's undersyandable.

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic just book ahead and go great food nice surroundings and lovely people

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KayleighJA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. My partner and I got married on Saturday and knowing that we'd have a proper reception next year we booked The Black Rat to treat just ourselves on the day. I'd heard fantastic things about this restaurant and I'm so glad we booked, it made our night special and we helped an independent restaurant before the start of the second lockdown. The staff were lovely and attentive, the food was incredible; tasty, artfully presented and of a high quality and it felt like we were honouring our special occasion.

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RupertP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Thank you for a truly exceptional dining experience.

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MandyC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real treat, and excellent value for the lunchtime menu. Staff efficient and courteous. Thank you

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Cat42
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine here. Everything is perfect and consistent every time, from the friendly welcome to the exquisite flavours and presentation of the delicious, seasonal food. We eat out a lot and none of the other places are anywhere close to the quality of the Rat!

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Janey
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been looking forward to our visit for a long time, and were delighted with our visit.
The food was exceptional, as was the service.
Would thoroughly recommend to others.

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janC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another superb lunch . Fantastic value. By chance our party of 3 chose every option on the lunch menu so we can vouch for how delicious and well presented each dish was. Portions were generous and the bread superb ( the squid ink bread is wonderful).
Great service , covid safe yet still an okay ambience . Such a shame lock down means they have to shot again but we will be back .

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JHG1973
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for my wife's 40th and chose a lunchtime sitting.
The service was first class and the restaurant was stunning and well equipped for dealing with the Pandemic.
The menu was small, with 3 choices for each of the 3 courses on offer (I can't comment on vegan or vegetarian options).
I started with a Pork Jowl followed by Duck Confit and a fig tart for desert. Each course was delicious.
There's a good selection of wines and beers and expert advice to help you choose a complimentary one. The wines were quite expensive, but a good choice, and I felt that the value of the food made a good balance overall.
I cannot wait for the restaurant to reopen and to try and evening meal with more friends.
Very enjoyable lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our son’s birthday. The meal was absolutely delicious.

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BenI
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Delightful evening, superb food and a quiet ambiance. Clearly C-19 compliant but the procedure does limit gaining the full Black Rat ‘experience’. Nevertheless, an excellent evening.

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Kathryn
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, made you eat and try things out of your comfort zone. Service was excellent and very knowledgeable staff. Tried very hard to protect staff and customers during lockdown.

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RichardM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In short, I believe The Black Rat to be the only Michelin starred restaurant in Winchester but in my opinion, it is far from the best restaurant in Winchester. Based on value for money, I wouldn't recommend The Black Rat to a friend.

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Champagnes
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been to The Black Rat five times and it has always been consistently good, food and service. The staff we’re excellent under the constraints of COVID. Well done to all the staff.

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BrianJ
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though the atmosphere was a little subdued due to COVID-19 the welcome was warm. The service was very professional, the food exquisite. Overall a very good meal and lovely experience!

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Kh123
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wanted to eat here since moving to the area. Did not disappoint. Covid secure, polite and helpful staff.
Food was interesting and delicious.

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ClareH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Simple ingredients prepared and presented beautifully. We will be back as soon as possible!

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JillH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The food was good although we felt the menu didn’t seem varied enough ..three of us liked fish but for anyone who didn’t it was limited ....We could only get booked outside and it was really too cold the heaters just aren’t enough for an autumn evening other people on outside tables looked cold .....service was good but would not recommend outside tables .

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vipOldnandy
London
16 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Black Rat is a labour of love. These people love food.

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JamieS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Will definitely return, would like to try the tasting menu when it is back

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Chantal
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous anniversary meal, and a main course we both keep dreaming of having again! (and especially glad we did not pass on dessert)
Even with the Covid-19 restrictions the staff were attentive and welcoming, ensuring all needs were taken care of, including addressing a dietary restriction by checking what dishes could be adapted without impacting on the quality or experience.

We are looking forward to visiting again, and definitely recommending to friends and family who are wishing for a romantic and high quality dinner out.

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Janice
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very "foodie" friendly ! If you like chef-y Michelin style food, the Black Rat is the perfect place for you to eat. You get what you pay for, beautiful food.

The staff are incredible; professional and friendly. We have eaten both inside and outside and we all think the inside decor needs refreshing; out of date with a lot of stuff in the windows and on shelves.

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RebeccaA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, inspired pairings and definitely now on our ‘go to’ list of foodie places to go. Felt very safe re Covid and catered to my nut allergy with no fuss.

I would, and have, recommended this.

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MarkM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and consistent with our previous experiences too. The ambience was really pleasant and intimacy on the table was achieved. The service was very good and the advice and knowledge of the menu plus advice on wines. One was also able to be detached from CV-19

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely beautiful. The service was also perfect! Thank you for such a wonderful evening. We will most definitely be returning!

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OliviaH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful meal that truely lived up to expectation. The Black Rat catered for a vegan in our party very well. We can't wait to make a return trip.

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MargaretW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have booked a return visit to this very good restaurant. The staff are all extremely polite and helpful.
They are taking good care during the pandemic with sanitiser on each table & timed arrivals

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Adam
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday celebration. It was our second time and both the food and service were outstanding. Given current COVID restrictions we thought the staff did an excellent job.

The food was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the turbot but the madeleines really left a lasting impression.

Thank you for making a special birthday really memorable.

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MyriamF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the excellent food and the relaxed atmosphere. Due to Covid rules we had to leave by 10.00pm but did not feel rushed to do so.

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JessicaQ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seaweed and Parmesan bread was fantastic. It truly was a brilliant evening.

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CarolineB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had an outside table which was lovely however it's expensive and menu was limited on a Sunday lunchtime.

JH
JHampshire
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unusual But very tasty menu very intimate dining with only 3 tables in the room

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JeanB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience and will
Definitely return as soon as we can get a table lol

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ZoeJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant- sat in the outdoor hut which was heated and very cosy.
Food was delicious!

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beeboptyboo
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all round. Thanks so much for such a delicious meal

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FayeN
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, all dishes delicious and interesting combinations, I can see why they were awarded a Michelin star.

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BenD
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience dining here. Blown away by the flavours. Sizes were as we expected but definitely worth it as the quality was so high!

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SueP
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and my only thought was that there was only one meat option on the menu, for those that are not fish eaters it meant there was no choice.

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BrendanP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Winchester is fortunate to have such a stylish, un-pretentious and warm-hearted restaurant. A pleasure to eat there, and looking forward to returning when the staff don't have to wear masks.

FAQs

The Black Rat is rated 4.8 stars by 956 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.