The Black Rat
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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Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Fantastic food and service, as always. Highly recommended.
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.
Amazing food from the stater to the dessert. Friendly staffs. Would like to come back our next stay in Winchester!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Amazing food and excellent service. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and would definitely recommend.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food was first class. Everything about this place is excellent. Selfishly, I hope it stays the hidden gem that it is!
Exception food, fantastic service - discreet yet friendly and efficient - great ambiance. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
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.
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!
Absolutely superb night out. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and couldn’t have done more to make the night a success!
My mother would prefer to pour her own wine but other than that amazing, everything delicious and lovely staff
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.
Excellent meal. Excellent service.
A thoroughly great experience.
Loved the menu!!
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.
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.
This continues to be our favourite restaurant. Delicious food, amazing staff and service...
Birthday meal, delicious food. Fairly busy for a Thursday night
excellent restaurant with good atmosphere and service and very well cooked food.
Great food and very professional unobtrusive service
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.
First time Black Rat experience for our friends - highly successful ! Always one of our favourite Winchester restaurants.
Lovely restaurant and staff, would defiantly go back
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.
Fantastic food excellent service and reasonable price for the exceptional quality
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.
Absolutely amazing, would definitely recommend and hopefully I will be returning again soon!
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.
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.
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.
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!
From the moment we arrived the staff were warm, friendly, attentive but not overbearing. The entire experience was a pure joy.
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.