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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:00
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Winchester, Hampshire
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ten of us in the salle privee for the seasonal menu. Service very attentive and drinks orders flowed very fast. Seasonal menu is excellent and great value for money and using the lounge for pre dinner drinks made us feel very welcome.

Thank Blaahh1989
Winchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu is so well designed that we really had trouble deciding. I had the scallops and my friend had the smoked eel which were both absolutely excellent. We then had the venison and the gnocchi. Unfortunately there was not much room left for dessert as we had a refill of bread. Great service too

Thank PaulbrooksHants
Winchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came to this restaurant to discover the very best restaurant in Winchester. I had never experienced something quite like that. The good points: Food and Service are definitely the best. From the really smiley waiter to my venison saddle, all was perfect. The Pinot Gris recommendation with our starters was yummy. Scallops to die for. The not so good points:... More 

Thank AubreySouth
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I walked in at 7pm and were well greeted and sat down. We looked at the menu and were very impressed, we couldn't decide what to eat. The wines matched were really delicious. The food came out, looked amazing, smelt wonderful and the flavours were really well put together. Thanks guys at the Black Rat, we will... More 

1 Thank Rosie S
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband arranged a surprise trip to The Black Rat for our anniversary. From the moment we walked in I was thoroughly impressed. The building itself is quirky and rustic, and we were made to feel very welcome by the staff. The homemade bread was beautiful and although the menu was concise, I found it so tough to make my... More 

1 Thank 24happytraveller24
Kotor, Montenegro
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Black Rat back in 2013 and were so impressed with the food and service and recommended it to our friends if they were ever in Winchester. So decided to return last week to celebrate a birthday and it was so disappointing, it has changed and I am sad to say that we will not visit again. The... More 

Thank sueelks21
Amersham, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Would have given this a 4* review had it not boasted a Michelin star, but with that star comes expectations. The menu, cuisine and service are simply not up to Michelin star standard. FIRST THE GOOD BITS - The building and interior decor is wonderful, ancient and eclectic. - The atmosphere is warm, friendly and convivial. - Reasonably priced wine... More 

Thank FussyBvggerBrit
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really don't know how this place retained its Michelin star again this year. The food was good but not great! I thought the dishes were over complicated and messy and I really regret that I ordered the grouse. The place needs a really good clean. If you're doing fine dining, then you don't want to see dirty finger marks... More 

Thank Peregrine44
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time & will definitely be back! Arrived to a very warm welcome by normal unpretentious staff. Sat upstairs in a cosy room for ore dinner drink & read of the menus. The girls had champagne & I Let the chap decide what gin I should have - he brought me a Spanish rosemary infused dry gin & tonic, it... More 

Thank Rick J
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was at The Black Rat with a party of eight and every course served from their menu not only looked great, but everyone was very complimentary about the food. Presentation was excellent as was portion size, however the flavours were exceptional.

2 Thank George C

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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$50 - US$57
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?