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 783 People Are Saying
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CT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A curious, almost inconspicuous venue with truly outstanding seasonal food; and exceptional catering for my special dietary requirements (coeliac).

AG
Surrey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really tasty food and a lovely atmosphere. The food was quite slow coming out so on the taster menu it was a bit of a wait for all the courses. I was really put off that horse was on the menu in a British restaurant. In all, it was a really lovely evening

RB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was sensational and you do get what you pay for. Will visit again

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great presentation of plates accompanied by a beautiful rustic ambiance.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Deserving of their Michelin star!

DG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the black rat, was a regular visitor pre kids, will be getting back into the habit now.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, highly recommended. Very quiet, fabulous unobtrusive service, delicious food. Wine is relatively expensive but we very much enjoyed the bottle we had. Would return without question.

c
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional
We had sole and venison as mains. Delicious.
We had de Wetshof. Chardonnay great choice

TC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit...excellent and inventive food, beautifully presented. Atmosphere, service and value for money all first class. We hope to revisit soon!

CA
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, fantastic service and an all round great experience.

SB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was unique & delicious. The service was superb. Would definitely visit again.

MC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, staff very attentive and food was excellent

MN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The black rat has a lovely ambience. We enjoyed the taster menu but found that although the food was tasty we found the amounts on the small side. The pacing of the meal was a little slow but the service was excellent! Would love to come back again and try

PF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening, a special vegan menu for my partner taking account of her dietary requirements but still maintaining the finesse.

r
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed the meal but wasn't overly impressed by the lack of flavour in my starter .... pigs cheek ....it could just be my taste buds! Lovely loin of venison though. Food beautifully presented ...small quantities.
Interestingly my pudding was too big! I sound very picky....!
Pricey ... £196 for 2 incl 12.5% service charge.... how we did have a glass of champagne each initially but only a half bottle of Chablis.
Probably won't come again unless I feel flush with cash.
Special occasion / Valentines.
My wife really enjoyed it all and would recommend the restaurant.

LF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely environment. Wonderful service with someone available throughout the whole experience. Each course was as delicious and beautiful as the last

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great . choice for something special in Winchester

C
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch at the Black rat on Saturday the whole experience was excellent. I could not find fault in any direction.

J
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 'treat' restaurant where we go to celebrate. We are always guaranteed a wonderful experience.

C
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and unlike other resturants good size portions

TW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cooking is both surprising and exceptional. Sometimes delightfully simple but tremendous combinations of taste

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience - staff so attentive, friendly. Had the tasting menu which was wonderful
A belated Christmas treat for my son and girlfriend who have gone away and already looking to book again

Keep it up - a very happy customer indeed

K
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff and lovely food. We thoroughly enjoyed it - thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Taken portion size to de minimis level!

DS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A fantastic meal and services can't wait to go back

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food as always need one more potato to go with the one on my plate for my main course

R
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really liked it, however we had high expectations and the food was delicious but not memorable.

PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the taster menu at the Black Rat. The food and service were exceptional. The surroundings were eclectic. Will definitely book again.

T
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we have had for ages. Will definitely return.
The duck was cooked to perfection.

AM
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was a Sunday night, so it was quiet and service was good. I know being Gluten free is tricky and boring, but these are outstanding chefs, surely they can use their imagination and not just "take off" the "offending" item. However, thank you for thinking outside the bun and coming up with a delicious dessert, cherry sorbet was fab!

G
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant. The squid ink Parmesan bread was incredible
Every dish after was perfection
Thank you

ES
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food and excellent service. Couldn't have asked for a better meal out.

S
Key West
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch and had the set menu that was delicious. Service very attentive. Nice treat.

MP
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and interesting food. I had the beetroot gnudi which were one of the best dish I have tried in a very long time. The partridge was also perfectly cooked and very juicy. Selection of Gin is also amazing and I have tried my first Gin on the rocks (Boudier saffron I think). I can't fault my experience and I wish I live closer. Thanks!

HM
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, a real treat. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and pleasant. Will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The advantage of booking a table for 6 pm was we were able to choose where to sit!! We sat beside the open fire and it was a good location. The ambience is lovely. The maitre d was superb in his attentiveness. All the staff were excellent... being there discretely, unobtrusively, but there if we needed anything.
The menu had some choices we’d not seen before. All the good was excellent, well presented and tasty. I loved having the food served on a really hot plate. The dessert was mouth-wateringly lovely. All in all a brilliant meal.

H
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great location and service. Would highly recommend.

MH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Very nice dinner at the Black Rat. Good food and service in a warm cosy room - just what was needed in January. Our meal was great and the staff knocked the price of desserts off our bill because they felt they took longer than expected to make. We hadn't really noticed, to be honest, but that tells you all you need to know about the excellent standards to expect at Winchester's best restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for the reopening of The Black Rat. It certainly lived up to the hype

t
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really wonderful meal on Saturday, the food was exceptional and the staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful. We would recommend this restaurant and would love to return when we next visit Winchester.