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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Key West
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

LO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint. Lovely relaxed low key rustic environment. Service attentive but not over bearing. Menu interesting and food was delicious. The lunch menu is really good value. Uk grown wine was a delight. Will definitely visit again.

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic. Congratulations to Gareth and his incredible team. See you soon.

NH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Black Rat and we went for lunch on the first day of opening after the Christmas shut down. We were not disappointed. The service was attentive but not over bearing, and the food was delicious. We chose UK wine, which was soooo good, and thank you for having some on the wine menu. We will definitely visit again.

T
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite treat in life is to spend an evening at the Black Rat. The joy is beyond good food.

LS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal. Lovely atmosphere with excellent service. Highly recommend

S
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding
Don't be put off by the sometime eclectic mix of ingredients, the the food all tastes amazing

SH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food as always!! Such a treat!

KL
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Eaten there a couple of times - first time was a little underwhelming, but this time was perfect - vegetarian gnocchi to start, pollock main course, and then an amazing chocolate and mushroom sweet.

C
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Quail starter was superb, beautifully cooked and presented as was the duck main course which was also prepared to an exceptional standard. Finished off with Madeleines and butterscotch sauce for desert which were absolutely heavenly. A fantastic pre-Christmas meal with my wife and highly recommended.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food as always wonderful and a sensation for the tastebuds. What we especially love though is it’s unstuffiness, the warm welcome and the feeling as though you’ve just come for dinner with friends,

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meals with friends, food delicious, service very good. Recommended.

KG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our 2nd ever visit, wish we could dine here more often! It's my husband and my favourite local restaurant. Superb food, customer service ,location, price and experience. Can't recommend it enough

WS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendidly understated - the food, service, and atmosphere spoke for itself.

KF
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a little speedier than usual - but an outstanding evening none the less. Our favourite restaurant!

TM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal, best ever Venison was so tender & juicy-fantastic taste. Wines recommended were perfectly matched - look forward to returning soon.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. So much improved since last visit when the food was fine but nothing special. Delightful staff - courteous and polite without being intrusive.

AY
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service with very knowledgeable staff. A lovely evening. Thanks

LM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelen starred restaurant and as good as they say. I'll definitely be going back.

JM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of our party had an issue with the fish course, it was all very nice but the fish itself was rather cold. On mentioning this to the staff he found he wasn’t the only diner to have made this observation. He was informed that they would speak to the chef to see if this could be rectified. Otherwise it was brilliant and we would have given five stars except for the aforementioned little niggle. We would certainly go back.

EB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very interesting. Portions small but it was more than enough.
Were well looked after

BR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was amazing, would definitely recommend it.

M
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abso-bloomin-lutely fab! Faultless service and truly delicious food in a gorgeous and cosy environment.

PW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really interesting menu, the food was sublime, the wines were lovely and the whole experience memorable

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Rat offers a very relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy the superb cuisine. Menu options are original and innovative with an emphasis on quality produce. The members of staff are welcoming and very attentive to diners. An excellent restaurant to which we will return.

T
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the black rat. Best food experience ever !!

TP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table of 4 to celebrate a 40th birthday. From start to finish it was excellent in all departments! Highly recommended!!

BB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous cozy interior with exposed brick and wood beams. Food delicious and well presented. Service outstanding but relaxed.

LS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cosy atmosphere and friendly, efficient service. Food was delicious - strong, complimentary flavours. Would recommend the fish and duck. Only criticisms would be that portions were a little bit small and it is quite pricey. Worth it for a special occasion, would go again.

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good - but not quite as good as previous visits.

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, as always. Highly recommended.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always! Cant wait to return. I actually think the lunch set is better as then you dont feel so sleepy afterwards.

v
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
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.