The Black Rat

4.8
1061 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.
What 1061 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipao87fahkf
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside in the huts and the ambience was perfect for my wife and I. Service was friendly and polite. Food was exquisite and (red) wine recommendation was perfect. Madeleines definitely a must try.

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IanB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent!
Due to the hot weather particularly liked the outside huts.
Also very good allergen awareness, not found everywhere

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LocalBoy
Hampshire
31 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent anniversary dinner. Perfectly pitched service, nice environment and delicious food. Very nearly a 5* for the food, portions a little small for this greedy chap and lamb neck slightly lacked in flavour but all round really very good.

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FreddieG
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very lovely visit. Was nice and relaxed. All the food was really nice and balance between all the elements on the plate. Was very good. Portion size were nice so you can have three courses and not be too full.

Would go again

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emilyg
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Black Rat never fails to deliver creative, seasonal and local flavours with flair with welcoming and knowledgeable service. The highlight was the citrus cured trout in beetroot gaspachio and we are still talking about the miso butterscotch madelienes.

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StuartH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

this was our first time visiting the Black Rat and we were not disappointed.

excellent food, great service, old fashioned quirky décor

Quite possibly the finest food in a 50 mile radius, is not an exaggeration

will definitely be booking again soon

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Babsey
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Will definitely be back.

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TayT
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food, incredible service and amazing value for money. Couldn’t fault the restaurant at all. Would highly recommend to anyone. Will definitely be booking again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we walked in, we were well looked after. The menu was explained in detail by the staff who knew everything. The staff was amazing, the food out of this world and such great value for money.

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chrisharries
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant experience and left feeling very satisfied. Main course of duck was outstanding.wirth the money.

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tommycarla
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very welcoming and the staff talked us through the menu. The food was amazing!

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juliac
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A VERY TASTY AND INTERESTING MEAL IN A LITTLE THATCHED HUT IN THE GARDEN. GOOD WINES AND GOOD SERVICE. ONE SMALL GRIPE ABOUT THE CHEESE BOARD THAT HAD BEEN SITTING AROUND TOO LONG IN A HOT KITCHEN. oTHERWISE EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS. tHE lAMB WAS THE STAND OUT DISH.

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Heather
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was superb. The staff were vey friendly and efficient. The food was amazing, probably one of the best meals we have ever had, each course was simply delicious. The attention to detail was so impressive, so much care and love had gone into the presentation of the food- it was very much appreciated.

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FrederickB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food good but very limited menu. Quite high prices considering.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very lovely meal here everything we hadn't heard of or tried before was explained to us and the restaurant was very covid safe, we had a wonderful evening and special meal and would definitely eat here again.

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Lezerley
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is not a cheap night out but food was stunning and service was attentive and efficient, yet friendly and warm. We will definitely go back when we have something special to celebrate.

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LindaH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My favourite restaurant in Winchester, among stiff competition.

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upalia
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A three course lunch to remember , Quality Service form start to finish , accompanied by excellent food well presented and delivered with great taste

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CostaA
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Meal was just ok but for the price it was very expensive. Service was excellent.

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LauraK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked an outside hut for Saturday lunch and was really impressed with both the food and service. Every dish was incredibly presented and tasted amazing. We thought that for the special experience, this lunch was really good value for a special occasion, will definatley be returning.

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AnneB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is our regular restaurant for any special event and it never fails to deliver. The food. as always, was imaginative and delicious - first class ingredients cooked with real understanding of flavour and texture. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the ambience cosy and relaxed.

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Richie
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food excellent . One of us had food issues because of medical reasons and staff were very helpful
Staff very polite generally and we felt very welcome

Did wonder why no windows open As being an old building doubt air flow very good
Good airflow is a recommendation during this pandemic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, incredible food.

The menu has some really creative dishes that are simply delicious. The service is the perfect balance of being attentive without being over the top.

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StephenM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with great food, drink and service - well worth a visit

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Nina
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. We will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food in the Black Rat is so creative, every mouthful contains a different combination of flavours and textures, it looks beautiful on the plate and tastes sensational. There was so much to tempt us we shared an extra first course because we couldn’t leave it out! The staff are so friendly and charming and check you are enjoying everything whilst giving you space to do so. The recommendation from the extensive wine list was first class.
A wonderful experience from start to finish, and exceptional value for money compared to other fine dining establishments

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David
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food & great service. What an experience.

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Jude
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal. Lovely staff - attentive but not obtrusive - who took great care over our food allergies. Can't wait to go back.

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RC73
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Not what was expected,, no atmosphere, staff not overly attentive, not even presentable, toilets awful (gents felt like you had wandered into next doors bathroom) whole place really uninspiring. Food was good but not on par with other Michelin star restaurants. Whole place didn't really have a clean and welcoming feel to it, very underwhelming.

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DavidR
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb as always. Great food & outstanding service.

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LouiseJ
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting food, and beautifully presented, worth every penny!!

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Jw9v
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had high expectations and even they were exceeded! Great food.

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Frances
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High standard quality of food as I expected, we had a great time there.

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Selmaz
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoy our visit, delicious food, great service. Love the outdoor setting. Thank you so much!

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Keith
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and friendly team with a great menu.

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LESLEYC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A small menu but very good selection. Food is always very well presented and of a very high standard and is delicious.
The service is discreet, friendly and welcoming.

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HeatherS
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, excellent food and lovely staff. Not crowded or noisy and excellent position.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I have wanted to go here for ages. Lovely restaurant but food disappointing. Only the choice of 4 starters and 4 mains and if I’m honest nothing really took my fancy so went for least bad dishes! (Just my person likes).
The starter was good, fish was very average with no flavour to speak of and cheese (dessert) was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

We came to this restaurant on the rainiest of the Saturdays. From the start, my husband and I felt very unwelcome. We were greeted by the rudest waitress I have ever come across. We were trying to explain that we didn't have the trace app, but we're happy to download it, but she kept shouting at me saying that she'll do it by hand instead. From that moment things got a bit better, we had a table booked in the garden, but because it was raining pretty heavily we were offered a table inside by the manager. The inside of the restaurant is very quirky, but has a very homely feeling, with a good deal of details. The menu was concise but in a loose piece of paper due to covid, and the options all sounded very good. We ordered some gin and tonics to start, and the recommendations were fantastic, as I'm not an expert in gins and were also recommended some wine to have later. We chose the gyozas and the gaspacho with wasabi, both amazing and the bread, even if at over 10pounds a starter, portions were on the smaller side. My husband had at that point, told the gentleman serving wines that we were ready for our wine, and when the wine is arriving, the same lady follows him to our table saying to him that we had asked for our wine to be served later, which we never did, and that made the situation quite awkward.
For main courses we had the curried cauliflower, and the duck, both absolutely stunning, I never thought you could have a vegetable turn into something that interesting, on the other hand the sauce of the duck had all but disappeared because the plates were so hot.
Overall, it was a mixture of fantastic things and awkwardness, but unfortunately it didn't make us stay for desserts.

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DandH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant in Winchester and again it didn't disappoint. Our first visit at lunch and definitely not our last. Three Michelin star quality courses for £34 is fabulous value in my book!

FAQs

The Black Rat is rated 4.8 stars by 1061 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.