The Black Rat

4.8
1157 reviews
£41 and over
British
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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SuzyP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been many times before & it remains it’s one of our favourites restaurants. The food is creative, flavoursome, absolutely superb. The service & staff are also thoroughly professional & absolutely superb.

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BernardW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was first class,the staff were super efficient and most attentive couldn’t be faulted, beautifully presented and well cooked.we found the menu a little on the fussy side but that could be put down to you unfamiliarity.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short menu, really beautiful food, delightfully informal and excellent service. Big choice of wines with helpful and knowledgable sommelier. All round fab.

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Tinkette
Hampshire
13 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The highlight was our shared white chocolate dessert which was sublime. Steamed turbot was perfectly cooked but the overall dish a bit underwhelming; my trout starter was overwhelmed by beetroot. I found the menu a bit limited as others have said. I wouldn't usually have 2 fish courses but there wasn't much else that interested me. Service was very good, charming waiters, and the Chablis and Champagne did not disappoint. The room is an authentic Georgian house - unique and quirky. Expensive but not stupidly so....

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FED123
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening. Friendly and attentive staff and excellent food. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.

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AnnK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience4

Ideal for a special occasion.
Food was well cooked and well presented but did not suit all tastes.
A slightly wider choice preferable.
Service was good but staff hovering in the doorway is over attentive.

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Emma
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a beautiful treat. Outside huts with heaters are lovely. Thank you to the Black Rat for consistent brilliance :)

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SimonH
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a really good meal with friends at the Black Rat in early October.
We were welcomed nicely and had drinks in a lovely upstairs room and looked through the menu. The menu was interesting and, although reduced in range by the pandemic to 4 starters and 4 mains, we all managed to chose something we wanted.
We were shown to our table downstairs in the main dining room, and offered the most delicious bread I've had for a long time. Squid ink and parmesan rolls and a delightful focaccia with a seaweed butter. We enjoyed our starters and main meals but for me the freshly baked to order madeleines (which are always on the menu) with butterscotch and miso sauce were the absolute highlight.
My only tiny criticism would be that the lighting on our table was rather subdued and I struggled to see the menu or food easily.

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AlisonA
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice meal and the staff were 1st class, will definitely visit again

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CarlosA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good experience. Had it not been for a table of loud drunkards, I would say excellent.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only thing I would change is the coffee, it’s quite a bitter roast

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MrFP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fixed price menu very reasonable and flavours excellent
Our Terrine starters were unusual but full of flavour. My favourite was the hog get and lamb main.
Dessert was the Jerusalem artichoke and chocolate tart which we both enjoyed very much

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food tasted amazing. Staff were welcoming, friendly and efficient. They didn’t make you feel simple for asking about items on the menu. Looking forward to going again.

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alanb
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food, wine, cocktails, ambience, polite and knowledgeable staff but nobody was aloof.

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AmyJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at The Black Rat and the staff were really knowledgeable about pairings for drinks with the food. Would definitely recommend.

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Webbo
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very attentive, Fab layout & exceptional food!

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EunieO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose to dine at the Black Rat to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The service was impeccable, friendly but unobtrusive, very correct and efficient. The food was excellent, well presented and delicious. The meats that we had (quail, lamb, and duck) were all tender and succulent. The combination of flavours in all of the dishes was different, imaginative and tasty.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend a visit.

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CatherineV
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience. Relaxed. Fab staff. Great background music and... A. really tasty well considered flavoursome meal

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent option in Winchester. Great food for reasonable prices.

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hanifJ
Dorset
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just really good - service was on point and the food was well portioned and the taste was fantastic.

Very much enjoyed and 100% will visit again when back in Winchester

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JessicaH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was amazing! And staff were really lovely! Would really recommend a visit. Only issue is there is a long wait between courses, but this was explained at the top of the menu.

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RachelF
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, the food was fantastic, the staff were very knowledgeable & friendly. We will 100% be back

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EB123
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We sat outside and it was very pleasant with good service.

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Renners
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The staff were all very friendly and attentive, they enquired about any dietary requirements which is encouraging when eating out. The food was unusual, but everything was cooked from fresh, which made our lunch an enjoyable relaxed afternoon. Would highly recommend.

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bwanaray
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good,loved it, hopefully will go back pretty soon.

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ShaunM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A long overdue visit didn’t disappoint. Proper cooking, a great wine list and friendly, helpful service.

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DuncanW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food and wine was outstanding - choice for both was terrific. The staff were all very friendly and helpful

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TerryM
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with unique menu choices delivered with amazing service

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and overall experience.
Great wine menu.

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Anon
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably excellent. Interesting menu options. Friendly service. Great value.

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Happycustomer
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in the garden so it was so peaceful. The staff were very polite and the service was fantastic. The food was delicious.

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GlynnA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food speaks for itself but the staff were also incredible. Gareth was especially attentive. My girlfriend made him aware it was my birthday and he gave us a glass of champagne and a free desert.

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Phil
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spot on, and certainly deserves to still hold a star from what my family and I experienced. Unbelievable value for money as well.

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TraceyS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, presented well & tasted amazing.
We'll definitely be back.

JP
JoyP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love going to The Black Rat.
The food is supurb, even if we've never heard of many of the ingredients!!
Sublime cookery.
Go!

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SarahC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent Meal. We were running late as just got engaged, so they kept the table and they gave us 2 glasses of complimentary champagne when we arrived. Definitely be going again

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LisaE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful dining experience at the Black Rat last night with friends.

The food, atmosphere and dining experience in the outdoor huts were exceptional.

I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Superb!

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ClareM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, quite pricey but was delicious. Staff were good and was an enjoyable evening.

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JosephW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Their starter of rare beef is actually raw. The lamb for the main was incredibly dry but we were told it was supposed to be like that 🤔 Either way the whole meal was wildly over priced and not that great at all. The complimentary breads were nice and the service was great. But in all the food experience was somewhat pretentious and really not that good at all.

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The Black Rat is rated 4.8 stars by 1157 OpenTable diners.

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