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The Black Rat

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88 Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HX, England
+44 1962 844465
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
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Bath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very enjoyable evening, friendly attentive unhurried service and beautiful interesting dishes. Easy to see why this restaurant has achieved its reputation. Would recommend a trip next door to the Black Boy pub for a pre dinner drink.

Thank TheEbbs
Crewe, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My children had booked the Black Rat as a surprise and we went for lunch. There was six of us in all and we also had my small grandson with us. We were not sure how child friendly the restaurant was (he is only six months) but we had a table slightly out of the way and as it happened... More 

Thank ChristopherHind
Worcestershire, UK
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78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Birthday celebration meal, 12 of us including 4 children. We were given a warm welcome. The pre dinner drinks were slow to materialise and we only had time for a few sips before we were ushered to our table. Our starters included tongue, salmon and ham hock and were well received. The bread selection was good, especially the black squid... More 

Thank MichaelB007
Bucharest, Romania
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been very interested to visit this location for a long time and sample the food, the restaurant is nicely arranged and the staff do a good job, thoroughout the whole evening only once did we feel that we waited for someone to attend to us. For the food it is very reasonably priced around half the price of... More 

Thank martincharles1
Southampton, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is "new interpretation" of "olde original food" cooked and presented to a very high standard. A wide and varied menu which provided us with a new take on dishes from our past. 4 different starters, 4 different main meals, 4 different desserts: all excellent in quality of presentation and more importantly taste- Staff just added to the whole... More 

Thank shaun w
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The setting is really gorgeous, very rustic, the layout and decor is so well done and it is wonderfully cosy - I wish I could make this place my house, really stunning. I wasn't amazed by the food though, I had a crab ice cream to start which was really disgusting, I know a lot of restaurants these days try... More 

Thank j-thunderbolt
Milford on Sea, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to the Black Rat for a pre-Christmas dinner because it could be preceded with a day wandering around Winchester and the Christmas market and staying at the Black Hole over the road ensured a relaxing break. The meal commenced with a delicious carpaccio of beef, my wife having goat curry accompanied with three types of... More 

Thank Andy P
Hampshire, England
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118 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We have wanted to try the Black Rat (despite the name, in fact) for a while and finally had a chance for a 80th birthday treat. It was a lovely evening and we all enjoyed it very much. Because we had to drive, we were very limited on what we could drink and sadly couldn't partake of the gourmet gin... More 

Thank Beth50
Winchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Started with drinks in the bar upstairs, wife rated the gin as "superb". Then a top class meal in the cosy restaurant. Staff attentive and not too intrusive. Although they do like to top up your wine class. Will have to return soon, if we can make the 2 minute walk from our front door!

Thank Barrie H
Winchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We have been to The Black Rat a few times and always enjoyed it, but we particularly enjoyed this most recent visit, my husband had the Goat curry to start which is said was amazing and could have had as a main course. The staff were really helpful and knowledgeable guiding us through the menu, our waiter Jose was really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$49 - US$55
European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
19:00 - 21:30
19:00 - 21:30
19:00 - 21:30
19:00 - 21:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1962 844465
The Black Rat is a quaint and quirky restaurant that is situated on the fringe of the town centre along Chesil Street. A year after opening, the team acquired one of the most prestigious accolades in catering, a Michelin Star.The food is sourced from the best and most local suppliers that can be found, including our own forager, and in turn inspiring the kitchen team to create a "Modern British" menu.The wine comes from a very well established supplier, Ellis of Richmond, who supply some of the top restaurants and hotels in the UK.The atmosphere is relaxed but homely whereas the service is informal but attentive with a personal touch.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?