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The Black Rat

4.7
4.7
1417 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 18:00–21:30 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:00 Sat, Sun 19:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01962 844465

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Noonan

  • 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

  • Area

    Winchester

  • Parking Details

    There is a Multi -Storey further down the road on the Chesil St roundabout which we recommend for day time parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,417 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RW

    RuthW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant lunch menu, a great way to celebrate a birthday. Staff were lovely!
  2. i

    ianb

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The menu was pretentious and limited and you certainly would not go there if you were hungry! For my main course I had turbot, the portion which arrived was about the size of a match box with some under cooked slices of potatoes and all for the bargain price of £32! Not only that but it was served watery consomme with little taste. When it comes to being pretentious the wine list is on another level with very average wines being charged at starting prices of £40 which almost certainly is 300% mark up. So for my wife and I having three courses and bottle of wine and a drink to start with the bill was just over £175 thus we came home for coffee! Whilst the atmosphere is good and the service was good, there is an element of the Emperor's new clothes about the Black Rat, however the reality does not match up to hype. We will not be returning and we certainly would not recommend others to do so. Winchester has many other restaurants where the quality of food is better and offer better value for money . To honest we came away annoyed feeling that we had paid a good deal of money for a poor experience, masquerading as fine dining.
  3. JL

    JonathanL

    Hampshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, wonderful food, surroundings and service. Outstanding evening
  4. SD

    SelinaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Original dishes, beautifully presented. Couldn't give you a 5 star rating as the hake wasn't cooked through to the centre and my tempura herbs were too small to be able to enjoy a real tempura coating. Delicious desserts, especially the white chocolate sorbet and pavé.
  5. KT

    KenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent in every way, food,service and great explaining of menu etc. Will be returning soon! Many thanks to all the staff...
  6. JS

    JackieS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our second visit here and just as good as the first. Delicious food great choice of wine wonderful pacing of the food. We will definitely be going back even though it’s an hour away from us and there’s plenty of choice nearer home. A perfect lunch!
  7. JC

    JenniferC

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly, accommodation staff. One of two favourites in Hsmpshire.
  8. DB

    DavidB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The starters we ordered were very delicious, each with a lovely sauce. We both had the belly pork which was tender and not too fatty. Both puddings were really good.
  9. MR

    MikeR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They are keeping the menu interesting whilst the service is warm but unobtrusive.
  10. SC

    SharonC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening. Outstanding food and great service
  11. SE

    SeanE

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fab pork and crackling...the best I have had for years. Great friendly, attentive, timely service. Starters were lovely and the Madeleines with butterscotch to die for. Highly recommended.
  12. A

    Anon

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were attentive but not over bearing. The food was inventive but accessible and absolutely delicious.
  13. CM

    ChristopherM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A choice of 5 starters, 5 Mains and 5 desserts. Everything we ordered tasted delicious. Dishes were presented superbly. We were sat in the room near the road we felt that lacked atmosphere.
  14. LE

    LouiseE

    Surrey

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow wow wow. Would highly recommend The Black Rat. The service was incredible, they were so helpful with wine choices and some bits of the menu. The food was incredible and they were so attentive but not over the top!! It was one of our 40th birthdays and she got a little treat at the end which was such a nice touch. Can’t recommend enough. Such a special evening and very reasonably priced for such amazing food.
  15. AM

    AlexM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice venue with great food. I would go again.
  16. BG

    BG81

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and setting. First time visiting; will return.
  17. n

    newmans

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great lunch innovative cuisine and excellent value. Aircon inside.
  18. B

    Bloggs58

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, well presented food, attentive and friendly staff.
  19. t

    traggett

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting and delicious food, great staff and interior.
  20. CF

    ChrisFCH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    An excellent dining experience. If you open your mind to new or unusual ingredients and put your trust in the Chef to create deliciously tasting dishes, you will be in for a treat. My wife was especially delighted with the adaptations made to ensure her dishes were Coeliac friendly and also with care and dedication taken to develop and produce some of the best Gluten Free bread she has ever had. The service was was exceptionally friendly without being over fussy and the knowledge of the dishes and recommendations was very helpful. I must say that the Madeleines were a real crowd pleaser of a dessert and served fresh and hot straight from the oven make you realise just how good a simple dessert can be.
  21. c

    clairea

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Easily the best place to eat in winchester. We've been several times but this visit somehow seemed even better than before. They deserve to get their star back! Beautiful flavours, presentation, ambience. Very imaginative menu. All round brilliant!
  22. G

    Gareth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, and fabulous friendly service as always. Pricey, but worth it.
  23. GI

    GILLIANT

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received very attentive service and the food was excellent. It was well cooked and hot. The birthday surprise for my husband was very welcome- a taste of dessert. The chocolate truffles at the end of the meal are superb.
  24. ME

    MartinE

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service - I think this has to be the best restaurant in Winchester.
  25. GS

    GianniS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great ambiance, very good service. Will definitely go back!
  26. AO

    AlbertoO

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was good but overpriced. I expected a bit more
  27. RC

    RichardC

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. The longest lunch I've ever had! So tasty and beautifully presented. Eating at the Black Rat is a real treat.
  28. CO

    ChrisO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really lovely meal for two of us on a Saturday night. Food was excellent, service also. Restaurant was a lovely old fashioned pub style with lots of history. First time we've been but we will definitely be going back again.
  29. JS

    JaneS

    Hampshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit since the pandemic, and it was as fabulous as ever…we’ll be back to our monthly visits from now on…
  30. BN

    BenN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, simply stunning. My girlfriend is celiac and our host was brilliant. She explained all the GF options and was incredibly attentive (all the staff were). Slight mix up on a birthday surprise but this was rectified immediately. We will be back.
  31. SM

    SharonM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very warm welcome with excellent service. First class food and we look forward to returning again soon.
  32. BC

    BarbaraC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant and welcomed back with a lovely greeting. Is it only a month since we were last here? What a lovely supper we had on Saturday. Gin a la madame was tasty as was the Welsh seaweed gin. The Sea Bream sashimi was beautiful and he thoroughly enjoyed the Jersey Royals with togarashi beurre blanc. Our mains of lamb saddle with Jerusalem artichoke, black garlic and spinach was divine and puddings! Well he had the Madeleines again ( he thinks about them at home !😂) and I can’t remember the name but had white chocolate and seaweed oil and pistachio nuts too I think. Gorgeous not too sweet. We stayed at the Black Box and ate at the Black Rat and for once we were too tired for post dinner drinks at the Black Boy pub. Can’t wait to return again
  33. FH

    FionaH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    OMG what an amazing lunch great attention to detail, delicious and the very best of staff will highly recommend
  34. H

    Hector

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lives to it’s expectations. Experimental delicious food, in a lovely house with great service! Will definitely come back again many more times
  35. RG

    RachelG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible experience. From the moment we were greeted we were well taken care of and the meal was absolutely delicious!
  36. CJ

    ColetteJ

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service in a lovely location.
  37. MG

    McGuic17

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely exceeded expectations in terms of food and general experience. Would thoroughly recommend for lunch, as have not been of an evening but if the standard of food at lunch is anything to go by then you will not be disappointed.
  38. RC

    RichardC

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Set-price three course lunch for £37pp was outstanding. Their artisan bread was really tasty, the starters (veal gyozas in consommé) were delicate and flavoursome and the pork loin main was really well-executed too. Desserts (madeleines in hot caramel sauce) were outstanding. Wine was good and not overly-priced. Definitely go again. After the disappointments of Covid it's great to see this trusted establishment at the top of its game again.
  39. NP

    NickyP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the first time we've been to the Black Rat, but we will definitely be back. A really unusual and quirky venue with decor, furniture, cutlery and so on all fitting in with the ambience and theme. We had lunch and there was a very limited menu choice, but we all had something different and enjoyed it all. The food was very good and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be back.
  40. CH

    CfromH

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Apart from accidentally ordering a dish that included ant, the entire experience was excellent

FAQs

The Black Rat is rated 4.7 stars by 1417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Black Rat

88 Chesil Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0HX

Additional information

  • Area

    Winchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 18:00–21:30 Sat, Sun 12:00–14:00 Sat, Sun 19:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    British, European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is a Multi -Storey further down the road on the Chesil St roundabout which we recommend for day time parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Noonan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    01962 844465

  • 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

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