The Black Rat

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602 reviews
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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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F
London
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Staying overnight in Winchester and decided to try the tasting menu here

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TM
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and a varied menu. Intend to go again

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was just ok . The food was not up to a Michelin star and I was a little disappointed.

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IJ
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect venue for a special night out. The food was great, the wine list excllent, the staff incredible and the food simply stunning.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good restaurant should be much better than you can cook at home. This was.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin Star dining in a quirky setting in Winchester. Excellent food of the highest quality presented beautifully with attentive but not invasive service. Fantastic gin selection. Small but varied menu, maybe not great for fussy eaters but I doubt you'd bother with such fine dining if you were. Highly recommended.

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CT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and excellent and friendly service. Very pleasing

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LL
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most amazing meal here. The staff were excellent, food exceptional. I will definitely be going back again. I can not recommend this place enough.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service but as a Michelin stared restaurant it’s mainly for special occasions for most people.

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S
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always
How they come up with the different combinations is just artistry
The chefs are at the top of their game.
The service is relaxed but very efficient.
A very enjoyable evening that was all about the food

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MN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, a very enjoyable and memorable experience. Will be back for sure

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PT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff were very friendly and most helpful. An excellent selection of wines. Like to have seen the chef, nothing better than a chef in his whites asking diners how there food was. Ours was excellent.
However and this is no reflection on the Black Rat, the lady customer sitting directly behind me was suffering from extremely bad BO ! I should not wish to experience this again in a restaurant.

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BP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food prepared with care and understanding of flavours and textures to provide a unique experience. it is not an ostentatious place and does not put on a performance of faux attention. It is honestly excellent food and the service is considerate and unobtrusive. Overall an experience not to be missed and well deserving of its Michelin rating.

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C
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend lunch menu is always good value for money . We are always made to feel very welcome.

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FH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, lovely personnel, attractive property and lovely calm, quiet atmosphere

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JB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Black Rat was a very enjoyable experience. We hadn't been to a Michelin starred restaurant before although we have been to many really good restaurants over our 44 years married life. Everything on the menu looked very interesting so we decided to go for the tasting menu. That was a really good choice as there were a whole range of food experiences in the 6 courses so no difficult decisions to be made. the wine pairings were very good and kept the cost levels at a reasonable level for this standard of restaurant. It's definitely a restaurant I'll go back to as it's setting in what looks like an old pub was unpretentious and snug.

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m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the Black Rat the staff were very attentive & took time to explain the menu & wine list. Beautiful old building

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E
London
29 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about the Black Rat from the quirky decor, romantic ambience, welcoming professionalism of the staff, great drinks to the totally amazing food. Every course was creatively prepared with the freshest ingredients and wonderful flavours. We are not local but would go back to Winchester just to dine there!

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the food, very inventive without it being to out there, service was friendly and not to formal, tasting menu was good value, will definitely visit again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted to be accommodated at short notice and were given an excellent table, which, though central, conferred a sense of intimacy upon our spontaneously arranged soirée, owing to the thoughtful arrangement of the room. The service was undertaken with an exemplary lightness of touch, with certain of the more obscure components of the exquisite courses being explained to us patiently, intelligently and with no trace of affectation. The terrine was outstanding, the lamb succulent and the dessert that I chose, a white chocolate confection accompanied by a citrus sorbet, liquorice macaroon and a black sesame seed crisp was a synthesis of all things delicious. We shall be returning, soon enough, though not with such frequency as to diminish the sense of occasion, for this is quite a special small restaurant and dining here should not be an everyday affair, notwithstanding its proximity to where we live. Excellent!

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J
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given a voucher for our Golden Wedding and weren't sure what to expect. The menu was like nothing we had experienced before. The staff were very willing to explain anything we didn't understand. Nothing was rushed and there was plenty of choice on our Sunday lunch menu. We sat in a heated hut in the garden, which was delightful. The food was well presented and well designed. We really enjoyed our meal, and were treated to a special dessert at the end in honour of our celebration. Loved the black bread and the special butters. Don't be afraid that it's a bit unique, go give it a try. You won't regret it.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, fantastic service and the Food is outstanding. Perfectly romantic for a special occasion. This was my second visit and was just as perfect as the first. Can’t wait to visit again!

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AL
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch, in a very pleasant setting. Staff were very helpful

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AG
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice set of meals, with different taste and inspirations. It would be nice to have more options for wine pairing.

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M
Hampshire
24 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was great and the differing tastes make the food so interesting to taste.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely experience here. The staff was really nice and knowledgable, the place has a real charm and the food was beautiful. We’ll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service polite helpful and the food absolutely amazing

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K
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! I would definitely recommend a visit.

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AL
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday treat. It was made extra special by the top notch service and delicious food.

WC also clean and tidy.

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r
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

a great experience , even with excellent assistance there were items on the menu that didn't tally with the plate, for instance 'skate wing' is not a fish rissole..... explosion of taste but a bit too innovative for me.... third visit but not sure that I will return.

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KF
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent - one of the best restaurants in the UK, never mind Hampshire or Winchester.

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GR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to eat in a Michelin starred restaurant so we chose a lunchtime visit to The Black Rat. We thought the food was amazing and worth the extra expense. A treat rather than a regular occurrence but we would love to return for a Saturday evening meal one day.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food - really exceptional but the restaurant was lacking somewhat in ambience. Would like to have seen more engagement/smiles on behalf of three of the four waiting staff but main criticism is vast overpricing of alcohol (wine particularly - eg £12.50 for a medium glass of Shiraz) which rather detracts from the experience and leaves one feeling ripped off. Such a shame as the food is very reasonably priced.

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JG
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, we tried the taster menu, lovely experience. Definitely recommend and will return.

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FH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb, as always-in every way and lovely to have a calm atmosphere.

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CM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the textures and individual flavours in the dishes we chose for each course. Exceptional quantity of flavours yet remaining individually identifiable to taste.
A very happy evening- a special treat.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hidden away in the ground floor of what might've been a rooming house - we'd have liked to have read about the house- we were warmly greeted and given a choice of tables. The Ambience was wonderful, quite a romantic place or somewhere to take a small group of friends, it had a warm country feel to it whilst having the service/table sophistication one would expect with a Michelin Star restaurant. We elected the Tasting Menu and half bottle Wine Match per recommendation. The food was well presented and tasty. Some combinations we weren't so sure about and I resisted the urge to season my dishes as I respect this is how the chef wants their dishes tasted tasted. My favourite was the dessert with macaroon.
Overall an enjoyable experience but we weren't *amazed* which is our usual feeling from at least one dish when visiting Australian chef hat restaurants.

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F
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at The Black Ready, the food was really good and interesting with lots of different flavours and textures.

The staff were really friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was lovely, relaxed and homey. The feeling of being in a nice old pub, how they used to be until they went and whitewashed them all and turned them into the same wherever you go.

The price isn't as much as I thought it would be for a michalin stared restaurant. Obviously it isn't cheap, unless you are wealthy this place probably won't be your weekly call. However if you like going out to eat at nice restaurants and are used to paying a bit for your meals, it isn't really that far outside of that range, I would say.

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RH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday (the candle was put in the wrong pudding but that was ok!!!) so it was a special occasion for us.
We were not disappointed. The food and specials were explained to us and we were given time to have a drink and peruse the menu before sitting down to eat. There was an appropriate amount of time between ordering and receiving each course. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I couldn’t fault anything about our wonderful experience at The Black Rat and would highly recommend your restaurant to friends. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. We tried the taster menu. My husband has a severe fish allergy. We contacted the restaurant before hand and they adapted the taster menu for us. We had 6 indulgent courses of delicious food, safe in the knowledge it was fish free. The service was excellent and setting perfect. We stayed next door in the B&B, linked to the restaurant and it was lovely! Perfect evening.

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