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.
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9:15pm
The Dining room seats 9-16 and can only be booked by phone and with a pre order in advance.
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Very high quality food and service. The quails egg starter was one of the best courses I’ve ever tasted.
Very memorable food and attentive service. A wonderful part of our visit to Winchester.
Wine is a bit pricey - but that's my only 'complaint'. Have been before and will go again.
Excellent food from a simple menu, with mouthwatering flavours. No nonsense, friendly service. A real treat.
This is a fantastic mix of pub feel and superb quality fine dining. Lovely informal atmosphere with extremely friendly and relaxed staff, none of the stuffiness that you often get with more expensive restaurants. It will never be cheap dining at this level but this place is great value and makes a lot of the High St chains look massively over priced by comparison, it’s only a bit more expensive than them but easily twice or three times better. We will definitely return.
Fabulous food and wine - very engaging staff. A super place for dinner whatever the occasion.
If you were going to Winchester for the weekend it might be worth going here. The food was good but perhaps 'troppo lavorato' They had fantastic ingredients but in our opinion had overworked them . The gin menu was pretty amazing. The wine list was limited.
Great food, service and value. Thoroughly recommended.
Well-presented, imaginative food, good service, relaxed ambience, decent wine list
A very pleasurable evening with gorgeous food. Our waiters were extremely accommodating and helpful in the choices that we made.
We had an outstanding lunch. So many flavours packed into 3 courses! Service was also just right - not too fussy but there when needed. Excellent value considering the quality of the food.
Food was good and different. Well presented. Service strange. Very caring on arrival. Had to ask for pre starter plates to be removed. Also had quite a wait to see dessert menu. Tables were very sparse , large brown square wooden tables.
Excellent service. I treated my 11 year old daughter for lunch, which is, to be honest, a rather difficult venture due to the limited and 'mature' choices of the fixed choice menu, however the staff and management did their utmost to accommodate her.
Everything was fantastic. If we are ever in Winchester again, we will eat here.
A fantastic service and food was exceptional. We were not rushed throughout the evening and the waiters were so helpful and friendly
We sat outside (where there was NO music YAY) and the huts were comfy with a heating and a blanket for extra warmth
A special meal and definitely the best place to eat in Winchester. Food was superb
Wonderful atmosphere with a warm attendant staff accompanied by delicious amazing food made with so many local ingredients. Suited our date night perfectly.
A really nice restaurant, with excellent food and service, would recommend.
Excellent meal in good surroundings - a great find!
A wonderful birthday meal. Excellent food and service. Thank you.
Very friendly, good service, excellent food. Both inside and outside sitting areas are very private.
Great food and very helpful and knowledgeable staff
We came here for our first date as husband and wife and had a really lovely time with my husband often commenting that it was the best meal he’d ever eaten. Food was amazing, the drinks list was a great selection and the service was very warm
and friendly! We are definitely coming back!
I really enjoyed the set lunch menu. The portion sizes were perfect. The food was well presented and served at a good temperature.
Great food, looks great and tastes great. Good atmosphere ando good service meant overall one of the best foodie nights out weve had
A unique venue and dining experience delivered by attentive and knowledgable staff and a very satisfying abstract enviroment
Birthday dinner with husband and son. Super delicious meal with so much fine detail on each plate. The service was excellent and the ambiance perfect.
Was an amazing experience with top class food would highly recommend
Great time, great service and great food
Cucina creativa in ambiente informale, anche se sicuramente al di sopra della media della ristorazione inglese, molto apprezzato il divieto per la cena ai bambini al di sotto dei dodici anni. Piatti curati e molto profumati, sicuramente il miglior ristorante nel mio viaggio nel sud diell'Inghilterra.
Just exceptional, brilliant service, brilliant food and not that it mattered but really good value for money.
The second time we have eaten here, once in the evening, this time for lunch. Everyone is super friendly and the food is always lovely, with some extra special ‘foraged’ bits.
Very relaxed environment - welcoming staff. Fantastic food - good choice of wines and reasonably priced wines. Lovely breads at start of meal. Prompt service but unhurried - fantastic value for money- beautifully presented dishes. Will definitely go back.
A pleasant evening spoiled by the owner and another person smoking cigarettes at a table only 5 metres from mine. Member of staff declined to pass on my comments because he was the owner. Offered another table which we accepted by why should we? When spending £160 on a meal, I expect respect.
Will never visit again or recommend to my business and social acquaintances.
Excellent food could not fault it.
The only restriction for me was the choice on the menu, a treat for the average working person as it will cost you more. But that’s why you go to these restaurants, it’s a treat
Over all very good
you will not be disappointed if you choose to eat here, we could find nothing wrong and had a fabulous evening
I took my partner here for lunch on his birthday and we both loved it! The food was AMAZING! the lunch time set menu is also great value for money! however the drinks are rather expensive but I guess it is a michelin star so I expected to pay more. High recommended.
Amazing food and exceptional service!
The lunch menu had a great selection of food. Looking forward to returning soon!
Enjoyed an outstanding 3 course meal. The starter, main and dessert were all exceptional. Great service too.
Lived up to all previous reviewer’s comments.
The best food we’ve had - ever!
Superb attentive service from the moment we arrived.
Everything was clearly explained.