The Black Rat

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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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What 712 People Are Saying
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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, as always. Highly recommended.

v
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service, however we did have to wait a long time for last course to come. Ambience was nice with open fire and dim lighting, however people with poor eyesight may struggle reading the menu. Had the taster menu which over all was good, cod and quail was excellent and one of the puddings stood out over the other. In our opinion the food we tasted didnt have the wow factor for us, but at the same time, it could not really be faulted.

KD
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food from the stater to the dessert. Friendly staffs. Would like to come back our next stay in Winchester!

GS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely birthday meal for my boyfriend, we were well looked after and the food was delicious. Perhaps the lights could have been a little brighter so we could see all the colours on the plate, but we did feel very cosy nonetheless. Thank you!

MB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went to the black rat on Saturday night. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and all the tables were full. We went for the a la carte menu , the duck and venison were both fantastic. Service was second to none especially as our original cab drove off with out us so the restaurant managed to ensure another taxi swiftly came and took us home to portsmouth free of charge! Unbelievable service after a mistake that was not the Black Rats fault in any way!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic restaurant - went there for lunch and loved it. Staff were really friendly and helpful; ambience was quirky and relaxed but still very efficient. Food was delicious - the perfect combination. Already planning our next visit.

R
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the Black Rat for a Birthday, and we were not disappointed, from arrival to our departure the who visit was first class, attentive staff, first class food and a setting to match, we will be visiting again.

C
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and would definitely recommend.

G
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience is really wonderful. I can’t find fault to it at all. Even when the courses are served a bit longer apart, the ambience and the food that definitely did not disappoint make up for it.

EG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing all round experience. Food, drink, ambiance and service were perfect. The only small improvement could of been the welcome which was a little unsmooth/underwhelming and made me a tiny bit worried about what was to come but luckily there was no need to be!

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food.

Service was a bit cold on arrival.
Very attentive during the meal.

Nice surroundings except lighting made it difficult to read the menu.

Men’s toilet left something to be desired.

DC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food and a lovely setting. The prices are quite high but are in line with the quality of the service and food. I have already recommended and would like to visit again.

SH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was first class. Everything about this place is excellent. Selfishly, I hope it stays the hidden gem that it is!

RH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception food, fantastic service - discreet yet friendly and efficient - great ambiance. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

SE
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal with my husband and our teenagers for a special occasion lunch. Not something we could justify normally but the food and service was phenomenal. Definitely worth a visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration - very friendly and polite staff even though we were 30 mins late. Presentation and food was fantastic, also didn’t make my Dad feel awkward who likes his food well done!

Y
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb night out. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and couldn’t have done more to make the night a success!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother would prefer to pour her own wine but other than that amazing, everything delicious and lovely staff

EP
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and friendly professional service. The waiter answered all our questions about menu to our full satisfaction. We had plenty of time to enjoy our experience. We were not overeaten, just satisfied - a very nice feeling indeed.

LP
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Excellent service.
A thoroughly great experience.
Loved the menu!!

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a truly wonderful romantic meal for two. The service was exceptional and the attention to detail and ambience made for a lovely dining experience. The wine and food choices were excellent and we enjoyed every course. Given the standard of food and service we considered the bill very reasonable and the restaurant really does deserve its Michelin rating. A wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return.

KS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot to find in Winchester, the food was incredible, staff more than welcoming and highly professional. We very much enjoyed our visit and will be back.

JS
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be our favourite restaurant. Delicious food, amazing staff and service...

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday meal, delicious food. Fairly busy for a Thursday night

WS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

excellent restaurant with good atmosphere and service and very well cooked food.

d
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very professional unobtrusive service

S
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely experience of fine dining would come again. Excellent service from staff. The only disappoint for us was the cheesecake was not as we expected however it was tasty of lovely flavours.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time Black Rat experience for our friends - highly successful ! Always one of our favourite Winchester restaurants.

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and staff, would defiantly go back

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was brilliant. Choice of food on menu limited and unusual. It is what you would expect in this category of restaurant. It tasted good and left you wanting more. The bread saved me. Can not really fault anything. We loved it.

ML
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food excellent service and reasonable price for the exceptional quality

e
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious but service, although attentive was a little slow. The restaurant was very quiet on arrival and made you feel a little uncomfortable making noise, but this became more comfortable as the restaurant filled up.

CF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, would definitely recommend and hopefully I will be returning again soon!

P
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food. Service was excellent, showing a real desire to ensure our group’s experience was of the highest order.
Definitely would return and recommend to friends and family.

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant for special occasions. The ambience is cosy and comfortable, the staff very friendly and knowledgeable and the food seasonal - always prepared with skill and subtlety. We have been many times and always come away feeling we have had a special treat.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

J
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Came here as my partner is in a break from chemo, we chose to have a family dinner based on menu listed on their site. The restaurant its self is dressed well with plenty of space between tables.
The menu reads well unfortunately that is where it stops.
The staff although friendly need to relax a bit as we feel if the staff are friendly and welcoming it creates for a nicer atmosphere.
There was no allowance for children in any way! If you have children prob best to find a more accommodating restaurant.
The food was well presented but unfortunately not particularly tasty which in one respect is why we are here, but we also take into account the ambience and the friendly warm atmosphere.
I felt like I was eating in a private school dinning hall where if we were to make a sound it would be throned upon.
Small adjustments would make a world of difference.

J
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Black Rat was exceptional! The setting and vibe was cosy and warm, the staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes they were serving. The food was absolutely delicious and such a treat, we hadn't had anything quite that nice before. Overall a 10/10 experience, there wasn't anything we could have found to pick on. We'll be back!

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived the staff were warm, friendly, attentive but not overbearing. The entire experience was a pure joy.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food not good enough quality for the high price. Perhaps a new chef ? It was fantastic a year ago. It isn’t a Michelin star.

Ambiance great and service fine albeit a bit rushed and hassled to order.

We won’t return for some time.