Review on The Black Rat

For years The Black Rat Restaurant was a run-of-the-mill Winchester boozer called the Kings Arms, but of late the seventeenth-century building has been transformed into a restaurant with strong British leanings and picking up a Michelin star along the way.

The comforting interior (wood beams, exposed brickwork) makes a pleasing backdrop for food with some interesting and unusual accents. A salad of duck gizzards might appear with foraged mushrooms, watercress and soft-boiled egg, while roast quail is given a Middle Eastern slant with preserved lemon, figs and honey. Mains are equally diverse, taking in anything from saddle of Alresford venison with spring greens, beets, radish, celery and buckthorn to hand-dived plaice with fennel, Chantenay purée, squid, mussels and Indian spice. After that, how about cherry and almond clafoutis with clotted cream? The 80-bin wine list is a good mix of Old and New World labels.

The Black Rat is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide

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Modern British


Ollie Moore

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.15pm Sat-Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Sun

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Facilities at The Black Rat

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 40 covers


The Black Rat
88 Chesil Street
SO23 0HX

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