The Black Rat

4.7
475 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7pm - 9:15pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9:15pm
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Phone number
01962 844465
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jon Marsden Jones
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Gareth: 01962 844465
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Parking Details
There is a Multi -Storey further down the road on the Chesil St roundabout which we recommend for day time parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 8:30PM

What 475 People Are Saying
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Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gourmet food, amazing flavours and there is nothing else like it in Winchester. We will definitely be going there again.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance based on favourable reviews. Booked Tuesday evening for dinner. Dining room contained 6 tables to accommodate up to 4 per table and 1 accommodating up to 10. Tables well spaced allowing private conversation. Venue quirky, cosy, warm and inviting. Staff friendly, knowledgeable and funky. Food delicious from a relatively small and varied menu. We are desperate to visit again and I foresee this becoming a firm favourite for relaxing lunches and entertaining guests despite the 45 minute drive.
Hint. Try the local gin and ‘no 9’ tonic if you are driving or just not drinking. The ‘no 9’ tonic is refreshing served with ice.
Try this restaurant and enjoy.

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JS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal in very inviting situation, staff excellent.

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DF
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful oasis of food and drink pleasure !!

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NB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff in a lovely cosy setting.

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MO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for Lunch with visitors, trying new food and nicer food within Winchester as somewhere special.

All of our choices were delicious and very good value, even with only three choices it was still hard to choose everything was so appetising.

Service was polite, attentive and not intrusive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service as always.

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We had such a lovely time here!!! The food was epic, service really good and we spent 3hrs here, enjoying life. Would 100% recommend and will most likely return!

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F
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food. Lovely ambience and venue

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JF
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every morsel. Excellent food

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GW
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Had Sunday lunch. Starter and pudding were excellent but the main (chicken) was pretty average seeing as it is 1* restaurant. Great value though so would go back.

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F
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely evening. Impeccable food and service.

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AH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere with outstanding food for great value. The service was perfect- relaxed yet attentive. A very special experience. Will definitely be returning in the future.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, service and ambiance, and well deserving of its Michelin star.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service as always and delicious seasonal food.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything worked well food-wise I thought. In addition my dry martini (cocktail) was possibly the best I have ever had. The sauvignon blanc was also excellent, as was the sherry to desert. Service was also excellent.

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, service was excellent and it's a great place to go. We visited the Black Boy and Black Bottle afterwards which I really recommend.

Whilst I can't fault the food or presentation, I felt that some of the ingredients were a bit too out there and it felt like they were trying too hard to be different when they really didn't need to. I'm not remotely fussy with food and will try anything, but maybe just me, however, I think I would have come away giving 5 stars for everything had they just cooked good food - maybe I'm missing what they need to be for Michelin!

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CS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not find fault. Fabulous food in a beautiful setting that felt like stepping back in time. Wonderful staff too.
We’ll be back soon.

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PS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nous ne pouvons pas dire que nous avons mal manger, que l'accueil était mauvais ou que le personnel manquait de professionnalisme mais qu'est-ce que ce restaurant fait dans le Guide Michelin. Nous dirions que c'est plus le Guide qui est décevant que le restaurant !
Il faut quand même savoir qu'il n'y a pas de menu proposer que vous devez le composer vous-même sur un choix pour le moins limité de plat. Ne sachant pas quel sera la quantité servi vous ne savez pas comment vous aventurer dans l'expérience culinaire, mais vous vous lancez 2 entrées et un plat.
Après nous être sustenter nous ne pouvions plus tester les fromages ou les dessert.
Bref la qualité et la recherche gastronomique n'est largement pas à la hauteur d'un étoilé Michelin.
Quand on pense que le Galvin la Chapelle de Londres n'est que recommandé sans étoile et qu'il en mériterait au minimum une on se pose la question de la qualité de "l'inspecteur" local du guide..

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit, and both times were truly memorable. Try the gins before you order food, and don’t be afraid to try the seemingly outlandish.

We had lambs tongue as one starter, sea bream as the other. Then ox heart as a main, and the scallops & red mullet. Everything was exceptional. Half bottles of Chablis & Crozes Hermitage - excellent wines and really complimented the food. Rounded off with one apple terrine (very good), and the madeleines (absolute must try).

Cannot recommend enough. We stayed at the Black Hole & had a drink (or 3) in the Black Boy. A really memorable day away.

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NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely meal with the wife and kids this week. All four of us loved all three course and the chef was definitely on form. Will definitely go again soon.

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R
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have rarely come out of a restaurant on such a high. Absolutely first-class cuisine, service and ambience.

(Unfortunately, a customer on the next table needed a smoke between courses and came back from the garden stinking, but of course there was nothing the staff could do about that.)

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GJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere but let down by a lack of attention to detail. For a 1 Michellin star restaurant we would have expected a bit more explanation about the dishes they were serving as they brought them to table and the wine waiter was sloppy in pouring wine and water, letting it drip onto the table.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It has a gothic oldy worldy tavern feel with its old wooden beams and low lying ceilings providing a great atmosphere for dinner. The starters (Tandoori goat and crab with salmon) were well presented and tasty. The mains we had (grouse with micro veg and scallops tagliatelle , were also quite delicately presented and mixed with some great flavours. I wasn’t that keen on the desserts, but then I prefer a warmed pudding. It was a pleasant experience with well a great selection of gins and well cooked food, a little too complicated for my low brow taste but a nice little find.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked lunch for a special occasion, the service, food and whole experience was a real treat. defiantly a few dishes that will test the parameters of your taste buds and expand your thoughts on the art of the possible.

We will be back

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CJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for a friend’s birthday- attentive staff, fabulous food and made to feel very special. Great time- thank you!

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CL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The building was really rustic and liked the fact there was music playing. The starter (salmon) was outstanding but was a bit disappointed by the main. I had scallops with black ink tagialette but the sauce was far too rich and felt like it was pure double cream. I felt too sick to finish my meal. There was no tasting menu unfortunately which is usually better for rich food as quantity is smaller. We also had to ask for the dessert menu and I felt the staff had lost interest by the end of the evening. That said the selection of gins and the choc orange expression martini I had to finish were great as was the barman upstairs. Overall good but not as good as I had expected for star level when compared to other one star restaurants I’ve been to.

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N
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high quality food and service. The quails egg starter was one of the best courses I’ve ever tasted.

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very memorable food and attentive service. A wonderful part of our visit to Winchester.

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wine is a bit pricey - but that's my only 'complaint'. Have been before and will go again.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food from a simple menu, with mouthwatering flavours. No nonsense, friendly service. A real treat.

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B
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic mix of pub feel and superb quality fine dining. Lovely informal atmosphere with extremely friendly and relaxed staff, none of the stuffiness that you often get with more expensive restaurants. It will never be cheap dining at this level but this place is great value and makes a lot of the High St chains look massively over priced by comparison, it’s only a bit more expensive than them but easily twice or three times better. We will definitely return.

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L
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine - very engaging staff. A super place for dinner whatever the occasion.

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M
London
45 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

If you were going to Winchester for the weekend it might be worth going here. The food was good but perhaps 'troppo lavorato' They had fantastic ingredients but in our opinion had overworked them . The gin menu was pretty amazing. The wine list was limited.

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MK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service and value. Thoroughly recommended.

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RJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well-presented, imaginative food, good service, relaxed ambience, decent wine list

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A
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasurable evening with gorgeous food. Our waiters were extremely accommodating and helpful in the choices that we made.

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W
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding lunch. So many flavours packed into 3 courses! Service was also just right - not too fussy but there when needed. Excellent value considering the quality of the food.

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good and different. Well presented. Service strange. Very caring on arrival. Had to ask for pre starter plates to be removed. Also had quite a wait to see dessert menu. Tables were very sparse , large brown square wooden tables.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. I treated my 11 year old daughter for lunch, which is, to be honest, a rather difficult venture due to the limited and 'mature' choices of the fixed choice menu, however the staff and management did their utmost to accommodate her.

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